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This overview of recent research on how institutions matter in tackling environmental problems reports the findings and policy implications of a decade-long international research project.Studies show that institutions play a role both in causing and in addressing problems arising from human-environment interactions. But the nature of this role is complex and not easily described. This book presents an overview of recent research on how institutions matter in efforts to tackle such environmental problems as the loss of biological diversity, the degradation of forests, and the overarching issue of climate change. Using the tools of the "new institutionalism" in the social sciences, the book treats institutions as sets of rights, rules, and decision-making procedures. Individual chapters present research findings and examine policy implications regarding questions of causality, performance, and institutional design as well as the themes of institutional fit (or misfit), interplay, and scale. Institutions and Environmental Change is the product of a decade-long international research project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) carried out under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme. The book's policy insights demonstrate that research on institutions can provide the basis for practical advice on effective ways to deal with the most pressing environmental problems of our times.Contributors: Frank Biermann, Carl Folke, Victor Galaz, Thomas Gehring, Joyeeta Gupta, Thomas Hahn, Leslie A. King, Ronald B. Mitchell, Sebastian Oberthur, Per Olsson, Heike Schroeder, Uno Svedin, Simon Tay, Arild Underdal, Oran R. Young.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262740333
ISBN-10: 0262740338
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Oran R. Young

Oran R. Young is Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also Codirector of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development. He is the author of The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change (MIT Press, 2002) and many other books.

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