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Can non-state global governance be legitimate? An analytical framework
In the absence of effective national and intergovernmental regulation to ameliorate global environmental and social problems, “private” alternatives have proliferated, including self-regulation,Expand
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The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism
The most significant shift in environmental governance over the last thirty years has been the convergence of environmental and liberal economic norms toward "liberal environmentalism"-whichExpand
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Legitimacy in intergovernmental and non-state global governance
ABSTRACT Do requirements for legitimate global governance vary across intergovernmental and non-state governance institutions? The author introduces a framework to address this question that drawsExpand
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Complex global governance and domestic policies: four pathways of influence
Standard works on international environmental governance assume single-issue regimes with binding obligations designed to govern the behaviour of states. Yet many of the most pressing globalExpand
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Overcoming the tragedy of super wicked problems: constraining our future selves to ameliorate global climate change
We characterize climate change as a super wicked problem comprising four key features: time is running out; those who cause the problem also seek to provide a solution; the central authority needed to address it is weak or non-existent; and, partly as a result, policy responses discount the future irrationally. Expand
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Liberal Environmentalism and Global Environmental Governance
  • S. Bernstein
  • Sociology
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • 1 August 2002
Global environmental governance rests on a set of norms best characterized by the label liberal environmentalism. The 1992 Earth Summit catalyzed the process of institutionalizing these norms, whichExpand
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The New Corporate Social Responsibility
The last half decade has witnessed a remarkable resurgence of attention among practitioners and scholars to understanding the ability of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to address environmentalExpand
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God Gave Physics the Easy Problems:
For conceptual and empirical reasons the quest for predictive theory rests on a mistaken analogy between physical and social phenomena. Evolutionary biology is a more productive analogy for socialExpand
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The Micro Foundations of Policy Diffusion Toward Complex Global Governance
Greenhouse gas emissions trading (ET) systems have become the centerpiece of climate change policy at multiple scales, unexpectedly largely outside of the UN climate governance process. The diffusionExpand
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Ideas, Social Structure and the Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism
Recent scholarship on international norms neglects the question of why some norms get selected over others to define and regulate appropriate behavior. I introduce a `socio-evolutionary' explanationExpand
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