Global Environmental Governance

Global Environmental Governance

Law and Regulation for the 21st Century

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Louis J. Kotzé

This timely book brings much-needed clarity to the concept of ‘environmental governance’ as manifested in the global regulatory domain. The author argues that despite being used as a fashionable term by many – including economists, political scientists, environmentalists and, increasingly, lawyers – its theoretical contours and conceptual content remain unclear, incoherent, and inconsistent. In addressing this problem, the book begins by describing globalization as a general context of governance. It comprehensively interrogates and clarifies both the governance and global governance concepts, and then explains aspects and components of global environmental governance. Finally it investigates the role of law in global environmental governance.

Framing governance

Louis J. Kotzé

Subjects: environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law

Extract

The word governance invokes a certain sense of familiarity. It is often encountered in daily life; for example in the media, corporate boardrooms, the world of politics and power, in dealings with governments, state departments and government officials; in almost all instances where regulation occurs and where authority, in whatever form and whether emanating from state or non-state sources, is present and exercised. Governance has become a popular focus of scholarly analysis in many disciplines, especially the social and economic sciences (for example, public administration, business administration, and political science). As was argued in Chapter 1, the pervasive governance concept has also found its way into the environmental regulatory scene where environmental regulation in its fourth generational guise is termed environmental governance. To be sure, environmental governance, as its name suggests, is centrally concerned with the issue of governance.

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