Ideas, Social Structure and the Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism

  title={Ideas, Social Structure and the Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism},
  author={S. Bernstein},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={464 - 512}
  • S. Bernstein
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of International Relations
  • 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' explanation for the entrance and evolution of norms, which focuses on the interaction of ideas with the social structure they encounter. This explanation best accounts for the most significant shift in environmental governance over the last 30 years, the surprising convergence of environmental and liberal… CONTINUE READING
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