Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany
New Horizons in Environmental Politics series
Chapter 2: Analyzing transnational partnerships: theoretical frameworks
This chapter explores both agency and structural theoretical perspectives for analyzing the trend of German and American (US) state-to-state environmental agreements. The first section looks at the theoretical concept of policy entrepreneurs, outlining how certain policy advocates shape ideas. The second section discusses the literature on the transfer and diffusion of innovative environmental policy, considering both rational and structural motivations behind the spread of ideas. The third and fourth sections add to the discussion on structural influences, examining the theoretical concepts of multi-level governance and the literature on new institutionalism.
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