National Government Interventions in a Global Arena
Elgar original reference
Edited by Frank Wijen, Kees Zoeteman, Jan Pieters and Paul van Seters
Some six years after preparing the book’s first edition, publisher Edward Elgar – given the book’s success and the topic’s continued salience – invited us to prepare a second edition. Since we felt that many of the initial chapters were rich and still relevant, we accepted the invitation, with Paul van Seters reinforcing the editorial team. However, we did not want to provide a mere update. Instead, we selected those contributions whose approach and substance are still topical and invited the authors to keep abreast of recent developments, both in the academic literature and in the ‘real world’. Most authors took this invitation to heart and went for a rigorous revision. Consequently, many of the initial chapters have substantially changed. In addition, we selected authors for new contributions to cover topics that had not received enough attention in the first edition or whose importance had grown in the meantime to such an extent that their coverage was warranted. We are happy that many new authors accepted the invitation, leading to six novel, insightful contributions. It took some eighteen months to compile this set of substantially revised chapters and new contributions, the result of which is an edition that still covers the interface of globalisation and national environmental policy but which differs markedly from the original edition. The genesis of this book lies in a protracted discussion of the policy challenges that national governments encounter when they are being exposed to more global spheres of influence. We felt that the institutional and social...