National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 191 pages
How do domestic interests affect international policymaking? What is the role of the nation-state within multilateral regimes? How can we understand the diversity of state responses to the internationalization of environmental regulation? National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime compares the roles of different actors and institutions in international environmental policymaking. It focuses on the formation of a legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gases, the Kyoto Protocol, to show how domestic interests affect international treaty negotiations. Dana Fisher combines quantitative analysis of social, economic, and environmental data for the member-states of the OECD with qualitative case studies of three key countries, the United States, Japan, and the Netherlands. She argues compellingly that domestic debates within states and subsequent national policy formation have a significantly larger role in international environmental regime formation than many scholars recognize.

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Contents

Explaining the Regulation of the Global Environment Theoretical Perspectives and Alternative Theories
1
The History of the Science and Policy of the Global Climate Change Regime
21
Empirically Analyzing the Material Characteristics of the Environmental State and Moving toward Understanding the Political Characteristics
41
StateLed Collaboration in Japan
63
Market Innovation with Consumer Demand in the Netherlands
83
Debate and Discord in the United States
105
Conclusion
143
People Interviewed in Japan
155
People Interviewed in the Netherlands
157
People Interviewed in the United States
159
Bibliography
163
Index
183
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Dana R. Fisher is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

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