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.

In search of (global) governance

Louis J. Kotzé

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

Extract

Chapter 1 showed that environmental governance has found its way into and across multiple disciplines and has now become a popular topic in political, legal, policy, and regulatory domains. Chapter 2 explained the phenomenon of globalization, which it argued is both the context for and the instigator of contemporary concepts of governance and global governance. The latter two issues were extensively canvassed in Chapters 3 and 4 respectively. The focus of this chapter is on the multi-dimensional aspects of environmental governance as it manifests generically and in the global context.

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