“The Dog that Didn’t Bark” – Florian Rabitz on the abscene of regime complexes

February 6, 2015 in Publications by Oscar Widerberg

Florian Rabitz, scholar based at the  Institute for International Relations at the University of São Paulo and collaborator with the CONNECT project, shares his working paper on why regime complexes doesn’t emerge. Lot’s of research is going into why complexed have emerged, and less so on the question why they sometimes don’t. Taking a fresh view on these things, here is Florian’s working paper abstract:

“Regime complexes are becoming a frequent phenomenon in global environmental governance. However, despite rising institutional density, no regime complex for chemicals and waste has yet emerged. This article seeks to explain why international chemicals-and waste regimes are highly fragmented, decentralized and sectoralized instead of giving rise to various types of problematic interactions and crossinstitutional strategies. Addressing the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions, as well as various maritime and regional agreements, I focus on functional interdependence among the subject matter to be regulated and spillovers among the substantive rules of the respective regimes. Whereas low functional interdependence allows deep cooperation through regimes of narrow regulatory scope, lack of negative spillovers disincentivizes regime shifting and makes collective interplay management unnecessary. As sectoral regimes are able to treat different types of chemicals and wastefrom different point sourcesand at different stages of their respective life cyclesin an isolated manner, international chemicals governance lacks most of the characteristics usually associated with regime complexes. “

You can access the full paper here.

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