Subnational Partnerships for Sustainable Development
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Subnational Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany

Holley Andrea Ralston

This fascinating volume examines the recent increase in subnational environmental policy agreements between different countries, with a particular focus on Germany and the US. Holley Ralston explores why international environmental partnerships are forming at the state level and the factors that both aid and inhibit their long-term success.
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Chapter 2: Analyzing transnational partnerships: theoretical frameworks

Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany

Holley Andrea Ralston


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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