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Post-Treaty PoliticsSecretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance$
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Sikina Jinnah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028042

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028042.001.0001

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The Limits of Secretariat Influence:

The Limits of Secretariat Influence:

CITES and the Protection of Commercially Exploited Aquatic Species

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(p.147) 7 The Limits of Secretariat Influence
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Post-Treaty Politics
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Sikina Jinnah

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028042.003.0007

This chapter explains why the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat, an otherwise influencial secretairat, failed to influence political outcomes in this case. The chapter illuminates the CITES Secretariat's efforts to manage overlap with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on issues surrounding commercially-exploited aquatic species. The CITES Secretariat was unable to influence overlap management decisions because states’ preferences were moderately solidified and the Secretariat's overlap management functions were easily substitutable with those of FAO. The chapter highlights the limits of principal-agent models for describing state-secretariat relationships and demonstrates how secretariats can actively work to shape state preferences, even though they are not always successful in doing so.

Keywords:   endangered species, trade, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, commercially-exploited aquatic species, secretariat, overlap management

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