Environmental Policy and Governance

Latest articles from the journal Environmental Policy and Governance

Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Abstract The climate change arena comprises a diverse set of interacting actors from international, national and local levels. The multilevel architecture has implications for low-carbon technology deployment in developing countries, an issue salient to both development and climate objectives. The paper examines this theme through two inter-related questions: how do (or ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Abstract Since 2000, the European Union (EU), a leader in global climate politics, has been looking for alternative avenues to enforce climate relations with other countries. Employing a multi-level governance lens, this article focuses on the EU–India bilateral relations on energy and climate. The analysis finds strong opportunities for mutually beneficial ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Abstract Multi-level global governance was introduced at the United Nations summit in Rio in 1992 as a new model to achieve a broad global mobilization of different actors in sustainable development. This model has been extended to climate governance. It has become a global system with its own inherent logic, dynamics ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Abstract China is setting increasingly ambitious greenhouse gas targets and backing them up with a wide array of policies and programmes. How successful China will be in slowing and eventually reversing the growth in its greenhouse gas emissions will depend significantly on how well it does with policy implementation at the ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Abstract This article explains the relatively successful performance of the European Union (EU) in climate and energy governance by two factors: (1) multi-level reinforcement and (2) the mobilization of economic interests at different levels of governance through low-carbon industrial policy. The article adds to the literature by further developing existing arguments ...Read more >>
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Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Abstract The financial crisis demonstrated the importance of money and finance for the key concerns of ecological economics: inequality, wellbeing and the conditions for sustainability transitions. To cope with the combined challenge of economic and environmental crises, one of the most popular governance proposals within the ecological economics community is to ...Read more >>
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Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Abstract Issues of disaster and governance in the Brahmaputra Basin of India have been part of different debates within the epistemic boundaries. This study of a social–ecological regime shift, from a prosperous paddy cultivated region within the north bank of the Upper Brahmaputra Valley to a sediment deposited wasteland, unravels the ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Abstract Finland has had problems protecting the grey wolf (Canis lupus) for decades. Over the past few years, the government of Finland has taken several steps to improve its policy on wolves. In this paper, we explore the grassroots activism that institutional adjustments have triggered. This work builds on ethnographic presence ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Abstract Despite growing rhetoric regarding the potential benefits of using knowledge brokers in relation to environmental challenges and decision-making processes, the evidence in support of such claims is mostly anecdotal. This is, in part, due to the lack of established methods to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge brokers. To ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 03, 2017
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Mon, Jan 09, 2017
Abstract Integrated water resource management (IWRM) has long been advocated in academia and politics but appears difficult to pursue in practice. Defenders of IWRM call for governance institutions adapted to hydrological boundaries, but these would be at odds with existing administrative ones. In this paper, we investigate how coordination platforms at ...Read more >>
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Fri, Jan 06, 2017
Abstract Moose and cod, two traditional natural resources in Norway, exhibited remarkable growth rates in biomass beginning in the 1950s (moose) and 1990s (cod). We explore the evolution of governance institutions for these two resource systems, utilizing a combined longitudinal and comparative approach. We propose that the evolution of species-specific property ...Read more >>
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Mon, Dec 12, 2016
Abstract The process through which societal actors can exert direct influence on the behaviour of organizations has gained increasing attention over the past two decades and is increasingly referred to as ‘social licence' or ‘social licence to operate'. This paper documents the rise of social licence and analyses the relationship between ...Read more >>
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Mon, Dec 12, 2016
Abstract This study addresses the role of street-level bureaucrats in water management and examines what factors influence the implementation of the programme of measures that are part of the European Water Framework Directive. The impact of two factors – the bureaucrats' policy understandings and their implementation resources – on implementation is ...Read more >>
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Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Abstract Many have discussed the crucial role that environmental nongovernmental organizations (ENGOs) have played in the implementation of nature protection policies across European member states. However, there are important differences in the opportunity structures among new and old member states that influence how ENGOs can act and undertake activities. This article ...Read more >>
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Fri, Dec 02, 2016
Abstract In recent years, awareness of ecosystem ‘services' to human society has increased significantly. With it, economic tools for their conservation have gained attention in international environmental governance discourses, including in the global water discourse. The present paper uses a discourse analytical approach to trace how payments for ecosystem services are ...Read more >>
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Thu, Dec 01, 2016
Abstract Focusing on Marine Harvest ASA, the world's largest salmon producer, this article examines the role of corporations in promoting sustainable aquaculture and regulation, exploring why a leading multinational may choose to adopt and implement a proactive sustainability strategy. It develops a neo-pluralist model for conceptualizing drivers behind proactive strategy formation, ...Read more >>
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Fri, Sep 30, 2016
Abstract The sustainability performance of cities is subject to an ever-growing number of monitoring tools. While most initiatives work with outcome indicators that are generally associated with limited direct policy relevance, a minority of tools focuses on sustainability-related processes and particularly local government policies. In this article, we explore the benefits, ...Read more >>
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Wed, Aug 31, 2016
Abstract The literature on the science-policy interface suggests that stakeholders' perceptions of environmental planning and decision-making processes can affect the uptake of conservation plans. Despite calls for more and better stakeholder engagement in conservation planning there is currently no empirical evidence on participants' perceptions of such processes. We asked participants of ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract Integrated water resource management (IWRM) is widely accepted and has been implemented though international, national and regional water management guidelines. Nonetheless, concrete implementation of IWRM gives rise to new questions for policy analysis. Scholars interested in water regulation, the design of effective and efficient policy instruments, and structures of participative ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract Collaboration is increasingly seen as an important aspect of successful water management, and yet it remains insufficiently understood. This paper examines how collaboration is influenced by the governance system that guides and organizes the related actions and interactions. Building upon an existing governance assessment tool, this paper provides the basis ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract This paper deals with policy diffusion across countries in the context of collaborative river basin management. Borrowing from the literature on policy diffusion and ‘smart strategies' of small European Union member states, we argue that policy diffusion is fostered by structural and agency-related factors. We illustrate our theoretical ideas with ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract The aim of this paper is to investigate how sustainability perceptions are emergent properties of collaborative networks in flood governance in Switzerland. In recent decades, the impact of global warming and multiple stresses on water regimes has influenced the design of new approaches to flood risk management, especially in Western ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract There have been many authors who have examined the question of participation and the extent of its influence in water management. The empowerment of stakeholders in decision-making processes has been a major issue in this field. The involvement of different types of public actor can be enacted in different manners ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract Successful integrated water resource management (IWRM) is predicated on increased stakeholder participation and achieving environmental outcomes by locating decision-making at the catchment scale of management. However, geographic scale impacts opportunities for participation and privileges some actors within the functional and spatial scope of decision-making. Accordingly, rescaling may merely reconfigure rather ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Abstract The pursuit of more integrated water resource management based on hydrological boundaries (i.e. river basins) poses significant challenges for domestic environmental governance, let alone in situations where rivers transcend national borders. This paper examines which conditions of governance (and beyond) favour cooperative transboundary river basin management practices under the European ...Read more >>
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Fri, Aug 05, 2016
Abstract Biodiversity has gained international relevance with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). An important signatory of the agreement, Brazil is a megadiverse country with vast biomes. Internally, the Brazilian federative organization is characterized by discrepancies between the jurisdictional scale and natural boundaries. From a governance perspective, this article analyzes how ...Read more >>
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Fri, Aug 05, 2016
Abstract Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the most prominent voluntary environmental program for built environments. It has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified. As of 2015, in the United States, 14% of certified buildings are in the Certified tier, 33% in the Silver tier, 45% in ...Read more >>
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