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Earth System GovernanceWorld Politics in the Anthropocene$
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Frank Biermann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028226

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Earth System Governance

Frank Biermann

The MIT Press

This book explores the concept, principles, and challenges of what it calls “earth system governance,” a new paradigm for planet-wide environmental politics that challenges the traditional concept of environmental policy. It proposes earth system governance as an empirical reality and a political necessity and offers both analytical and normative perspectives in its discussion of global environmental politics in terms of five dimensions of effective governance: agency, particularly agency beyond that of state actors; architecture of governance, from local to global levels; accountability and legitimacy; equitable allocation of resources; and adaptiveness of governance systems. The book argues that effective earth system governance and planetary stewardship require new types of multilateralism and new forms of global governance that are better aligned with the exigencies of the Anthropocene. As such, it offers a wide range of policy proposals for future environmental governance and a revitalized United Nations.

Keywords:   earth system governance, environmental politics, environmental policy, agency, accountability, multilateralism, Anthropocene, environmental governance, United Nations

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