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Consensus and Global Environmental GovernanceDeliberative Democracy in Nature's Regime$
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Walter F. Baber and Robert V. Bartlett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028738

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028738.001.0001

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Nature Rules

Nature Rules

(p.1) 1 Nature Rules
Consensus and Global Environmental Governance

Walter F. Baber

Robert V. Bartlett

The MIT Press

If it is possible for humans to undertake successful global environmental governance, then it must be by adopting rules to protect the rest of nature from humans and humans from themselves. Knowledge of rules is effective only when knowledge is combined with experience. An effective set of social rules must be grounded in widely shared understandings, authored by those it addresses, applicable equally to all, capable of learning from (and adapting to) experience, rationally grounded, and internalized by those who adopt and implement it. Such rules of behavior can become concretized in international law only through an endless process of crafting and revising new rules, including rules to replace those that have become normatively problematic or outdated.

Keywords:   Rules, Knowledge, Experience, Nature, International law, Governance, Environment, Governance, Common law, Regime

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