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Global Environmental Governance

Law and Regulation for the 21st Century

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.
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Chapter 2: The contemporary context of globalization

Louis J. Kotzé


We live in the midst of a truly globalized age; one that is upsetting comfortable, often archaic, orthodox, and trusted notions of society, the state, law, the environment, the manner in which we address social problems (including environmental problems), and the way in which we regulate. While it could easily be described as yesterday’s news, globalization remains relevant and indispensable for the task of identifying several new, aggregative features of international reality, as Falk suggests above. Therefore, as with many other contemporary social phenomena vested in a continuously changing and interdependent reality, a discussion of global environmental governance must, if it is to be current, also be situated in the wider context of globalization.

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