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.

Global governance

Louis J. Kotzé

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


Chapter 2 sketched the general outlines and meaning of the term globalization and it argued that globalization is changing the way society perceives and regulates problems arising from globalization itself. Global environmental problems are among these. It also showed that globalization is a consideration intricately linked with governance and that the prevalence of governance is largely an outcome of globalization. Chapter 3 investigated the concept of governance and attempted to provide an analysis of the nature, purpose and theoretical composition of governance. It also described and situated the concept in the context of globalization. Based on this analysis, this chapter focuses on global governance, which it suggests is the theoretical fulcrum around which global environmental governance revolves.

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