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Transnational Environmental Governance : The Origins and Effects of the Certification of Forests and Fisheries - Lars H. Gulbrandsen

Transnational Environmental Governance

The Origins and Effects of the Certification of Forests and Fisheries

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9781848445284
Number Of Pages: 224

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`This book provides a timely contribution to both academic and policy debates by examining the processes and mechanisms of the emergence and proliferation of non-state governance schemes, specifically comparing forest and fisheries certification. The empirical evidence challenges conventional wisdom by showing that political and public regulatory frameworks are essential in the implementation of certification programs. This is highly recommended reading when discussing to what extent-and how - non-state transnational governance schemes can solve the problems they were intended for.'---Katarina Eckerberg, Umea University, Sweden

`Transnational Environmental Governance provides a comprehensive and insightful analysis of the emergence and effects of certification schemes as novel mechanisms of environmental policy-making beyond traditional intergovernmental cooperation. Gulbrandsen's multi-level study will be highly useful for scholars, practitioners and graduate students who seek to advance their understanding of private rulemaking at both national and global levels. The book is highly recommended.'---Frank Biermann, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

`A comprehensive and highly informative analysis of two of the most important examples of non-state governance mechanisms that have emerged to address the shortcomings of government environmental regulation. This book's theoretical framework and detailed case-studies represent an important contribution to our understanding of the accomplishments and limitations of certification programs to advance corporate social responsibility.'---David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, USA

`Incisive and nuanced, Transnational Environmental Governance significantly advances our understanding of the capacity of certification to influence the environmental behaviour of corporations and consumers. Lars Gulbrandsen's subtle analysis leaves us with an innovative toolbox to explain when and why voluntary certification programs succeed-or fail-to strengthen environmental governance. It is essential reading for anyone wanting a more accurate way to evaluate the growing number of non-state certification programs.'---Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia, Canada

In recent years a wide range of non-state certification programs have emerged to address environmental and social problems associated with the extraction of natural resources. This book provides a general analytical framework for assessing the emergence and effectiveness of voluntary certification programs. It focuses on certification in the forest and fisheries sectors, as initiatives in these sectors are among the most advanced cases of non-state standard setting and governance in the environmental realm.

Paying particular attention to the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council, the author examines how certification initiatives emerged, the politics that underlie their development, their ability to influence producer and consumer behavior, and the broader consequences of their formation and spread.

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'This book provides a timely contribution to both academic and policy debates by examining the processes and mechanisms of the emergence and proliferation of non-state governance schemes, specifically comparing forest and fisheries certification. The empirical evidence challenges conventional wisdom by showing that political and public regulatory frameworks are essential in the implementation of certification programs. This is highly recommended reading when discussing to what extent - and how - non-state transnational governance schemes can solve the problems they were intended for.' - Katarina Eckerberg, Umea University and Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden 'Transnational Environmental Governance provides a comprehensive and insightful analysis of the emergence and effects of certification schemes as novel mechanisms of environmental policy-making beyond traditional intergovernmental cooperation. Gulbrandsen's multi-level study will be highly useful for scholars, practitioners and graduate students who seek to advance their understanding of private rulemaking at both national and global levels. The book is highly recommended.' - Frank Biermann, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 'A comprehensive and highly informative analysis of two of the most important examples of non-state governance mechanisms that have emerged to address the shortcomings of government environmental regulation. This book's theoretical framework and detailed case-studies represent an important contribution to our understanding of the accomplishments and limitations of certification programs to advance corporate social responsibility.' - David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, US 'Incisive and nuanced, Transnational Environmental Governance significantly advances our understanding of the capacity of certification to influence the environmental behaviour of corporations and consumers. Lars Gulbrandsen's subtle analysis leaves us with an innovative toolbox to explain when and why voluntary certification programs succeed - or fail - to strengthen environmental governance. It is essential reading for anyone wanting a more accurate way to evaluate the growing number of non-state certification programs.' - Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia, Canada

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Non-state Governance: An Analytical Framework 3. The Emergence of Forest Certification 4. The Adoption and Impact of Forest Certification 5. Forest Certification in Sweden and Norway 6. Spillover to the Fisheries Sector: The Marine Stewardship Council 7. The Adoption and Impact of Fisheries Certification 8. The Spread and Institutionalization of Certification Programs 9. Conclusions References Index

ISBN: 9781848445284
ISBN-10: 1848445288
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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