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Andreas Duit

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027120.001.0001

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Introduction: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance

Introduction: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance
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State and Environment
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Andreas Duit

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027120.003.0001

This book is a comparative study of environmental governance that highlights the crucial role played by the state in environmental politics and policy. By offering cross-national comparisons of environmental governance in both developed and developing countries, it demonstrates the analytical power of the comparative approach to the study of environmental politics and policy. In particular, it examines how different societies are responding politically, administratively, and institutionally to the challenge of global environmental change. Topics include alternative approaches to estimating comparative environmental performance; the idea of a “race to the bottom” in terms of environmental policy standards; policy outcomes in wind energy sectors of Germany and the United States; fisheries management in several African countries; sustainable forest management in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Peru; and the effect of political rights on levels of stakeholder participation in conservation programs.

Keywords:   environmental governance, state environmental governance, environmental politics, environmental change, race to the bottom, environmental policy, wind energy, fisheries management, sustainable forest management, conservation

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