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Private Institutions and Global Governance

The New Politics of Environmental Sustainability Philipp H. Pattberg, Professor, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
This book analyses the recent emergence of transnational forms of environmental regulation within the larger conceptual context of global governance research and institutional theory. Increasingly, private policies at the transnational level complement, and in some cases even replace, public interventions. The author takes a deep and broad look at the phenomenon to account for both the emergence and the influence of private institutions in global governance and sustainability.
Awarded the 2009 Science Prize by the German Political Science Association
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: £85.00 Web: £76.50
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84720 231 4
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This book analyses the recent emergence of transnational forms of environmental regulation within the larger conceptual context of global governance research and institutional theory. Increasingly, private policies at the transnational level complement, and in some cases even replace, public interventions. The author takes a deep and broad look at the phenomenon to account for both the emergence and the influence of private institutions in global governance and sustainability.

Focusing on the empirical arenas of sustainable forestry and corporate environmental reporting and management, Philipp Pattberg examines why and how private forms of policy-making emerge at the transnational level and how their impacts can be analysed. The study makes a threefold contribution to current debates; firstly, it provides a novel theoretical perspective on the phenomenon of private governance in global sustainability politics. Secondly, it offers a fresh conceptualisation of global governance as a meta-theory in the social sciences. And finally, it provides detailed insights into the empirical landscape of private governance in the areas of global forestry and corporate environmental reporting.

This book bridges disciplinary boundaries by providing a detailed account of recent developments in global business regulation as an important aspect of the current sustainability debate. As such it will appeal to a wide audience of both academics and researchers in the fields of environmental policy, public sector economics, international relations and global environmental and sustainability politics in particular. It will also be of interest to practitioners involved in private rule-making and sustainable development.
‘A great book that breaks new ground. . . keen theoretical insights and a wealth of empirical material on emerging patterns of global governance. Pattberg has produced a wonderful volume that helps us appreciate the significance of non-state actors in global environmental governance.’
– James Meadowcroft, Carleton University, Canada

‘Philipp Pattberg’s excellent study explores much uncharted ground and provides new insights in analysing the growing role of private institutions in an emerging system of governance.’
– Karl Kaiser, Harvard University, US
Contents: 1. Introduction: From Public to Private Governance 2. Global Governance: Reconstructing a Contested Concept 3. The Institutionalisation of Private Governance: An Analytical Framework 4. Global Business Regulation in World Politics: An Empirical Perspective 5. The Forest Stewardship Council 6. The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies 7. Conclusions References Index