New publication on Theorising Global Environmental Governance: Key Findings and Future Questions

January 19, 2015 in News, Publications by Oscar Widerberg

We’re happy to announce that the first publication from core-CONNECT members Philipp Pattberg and Oscar Widerberg in 2015 was just published online in Millennium Journal of International Studies.

We make a case that global environmental governance in the Anthropocene is fundamentally different from older conceptions of environmental policy-making since problem-solving is no longer concerned with isolated problems, but rather with reorganising the overall relation between humans and natural systems. We look at what is called the theoretical interregnum in global environmental governance by first sketching the key empirical trends in global environmental governance; secondly, discussing theory-building with regards to four broad areas of inquiry: the questions of agency and authority; the structural dimension of global environmental governance; the related normative questions about legitimacy, accountability, equity and fairness in the Anthropocene; and finally the integration of governance research into formal approaches and the related incorporation of non-social science concepts into environmental governance research., We conclude by proposing some initial ideas on how to move forward in the study of global (environmental) governance.

You can access the article here.

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