Co-operative Environmental Governance

Co-operative Environmental Governance : Public-Private Agreements as a Policy Strategy

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New philosophies of environmental management are being put to the test in many countries.* New ideas are needed to replace or at least flank the old command and control approach, which has lost its credibility. One of the most interesting new avenues is co-operative environmental management, whereby public and private parties work together to tackle a problem. It is interesting because it seems to be well suited to handling complex environmental problems. This kind of management makes use of the policy instrument known as the Environmental Agreement. That tool is geared to the development of sustainable procedures for working out solutions. The Environmental Agreement provides scope to deal with some essential characteristics of current environmental problems. Indeed, one of the most vexing aspects of environmental problems is uncertainty, both in the ecological sphere and with respect to the economic effects of intervention. In short, this instrument takes the unknown into account.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 295 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1998 ed.
  • VIII, 295 p.
  • 0792351487
  • 9780792351481

Table of contents

Preface. 1. The Question of Environmental Governance; P. Glasbergen. Part I: Conceptualizations. 2. Co-operative Management Regimes: A Way Forward? J. Meadowcroft. 3. Environmental Governance and Modern Management Paradigms in Government and Private Industry; H. Ernste. 4. Environmental Problems, Ecological Scales and Social Deliberation; Y. Haila. Part II: Experiences. 5. The Diversity of Environmental Agreements. An International Overview; B. Gebers. 6. Success Determining Factors for Negotiated Agreements. A Comparative Case Study of the Belgian Electricity Supply Industry and the Packaging Sector; A. Seyad, S. Baeke, M. De Clercq. 7. Partnership as a Learning Process. Environmental Convenants in the Netherlands; P. Glasbergen. 8. An Economic Approach to Environmental Agreements. Experiences from Germany; H. Bergmann, K.L. Brockmann, K. Rennings. 9. Trade Law Aspects in Relation to Use of Environmental Contracts; E. Basse. 10. Democracy and Environmental Agreements; M. Enevoldsen. Part III: Prospects. 11. Power Participation and Partnership. The Limits of Co-operative Environmental Management; A. Blowers. 12. Concluding Remarks: The Scope of Co-operative Management; P. Driessen. Bibliography. About the Authors.
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Review quote

`...Co-operative Environmental Governance provides a useful appraisal of the merits and limitations of existing partnerships and agreements. It deserves to be read widely and fills an important niche at a critical time when there is a great deal of interest in market-friendly, co-operative solutions to environmental problems.'
Environmental Politics, 9:2 (2000)
`This important collection of 12 essays deserves to be disseminated widely among environmental policy-makers as a matter of some urgency. The book makes an invaluable contribution to the understanding of this rapidly intensifying area of study and policy-making experimentation. The book itself takes a pan-European, genuinely multidisciplinary approach, with contributions from lawyers, economists, and political and social scientists.'
RECIEL, 9:2 (2000)
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