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Title:
The global environment : institutions, law, and policy
Author:
Vig, Norman J.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xv, 352 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781568023687

9781568023809
Format :
Book

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Threats to the earth's flora and fauna, water systems, and atmosphere have been recognized by scientists and conservationists for more than a century, but it is only within the past three decades that nations have begun to address these issues on a global scale.

The Global Environment -- a timely collection of original essays -- presents an overview of the development of international environmental institutions, law and policies, and assesses their effectiveness in protecting the global environment at the end of the 20th century. Distinguished international contributors include leading academic experts on environmental politics, international law and diplomacy, and sustainable development policies.


Summary

This collection of essays presents an overview of the development of international environmental institutions, law and policies, and assesses their effectiveness in protecting the global environment at the end of the 20th century.


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Choice Review

In a field newly crowded with introductory edited texts on international environmental politics, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. It integrates important theoretical grounding with relevant and abundant empirical detail, and covers a broad range of well-integrated topics in chapters written by those with recognized expertise. The volume as a whole, as well as the individual chapters, gives a general overview of the topics that is nonetheless remarkably accurate and highly sophisticated. The book has sections that take up international institutions and regimes, international environmental law, the implementation of international environmental policies, and national cases in addressing issues of sustainable development. Although the concept of sustainable development varies a bit throughout the book (and has not risen past its role as a catchphrase), and the national case studies at the end do not fit as smoothly as the first three sections do, the cases are chosen thoughtfully and vary along important dimensions. This volume would make a great text for an introductory course. It is a good overview, both for those who know a lot about the field and for those who do not. General readers, undergraduates, and graduate students. E. R. DeSombre Colby College


Choice Review

In a field newly crowded with introductory edited texts on international environmental politics, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. It integrates important theoretical grounding with relevant and abundant empirical detail, and covers a broad range of well-integrated topics in chapters written by those with recognized expertise. The volume as a whole, as well as the individual chapters, gives a general overview of the topics that is nonetheless remarkably accurate and highly sophisticated. The book has sections that take up international institutions and regimes, international environmental law, the implementation of international environmental policies, and national cases in addressing issues of sustainable development. Although the concept of sustainable development varies a bit throughout the book (and has not risen past its role as a catchphrase), and the national case studies at the end do not fit as smoothly as the first three sections do, the cases are chosen thoughtfully and vary along important dimensions. This volume would make a great text for an introductory course. It is a good overview, both for those who know a lot about the field and for those who do not. General readers, undergraduates, and graduate students. E. R. DeSombre Colby College


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