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Environmental Governance and Decentralisation

Edited by Albert Breton, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada, Giorgio Brosio, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Turin, Italy, Silvana Dalmazzone, Assistant Professor of Economic Policy, University of Turin, Italy and Giovanna Garrone, Research Fellow, University of Turin, Italy
This book examines how different countries define and address environmental issues, specifically in relation to intergovernmental relations: the creation of institutions, the assignment of powers, and the success of alternative solutions. It also investigates whether a systemic view of the environment has influenced the policy-making process. The broad perspective adopted includes a detailed analysis of seventeen countries in six continents by scholars from a range of disciplines – economics, political science, environmental science and law – thus producing novel material that moves away from the conventional treatment of decentralisation and the environment in economic literature.
Extent: 680 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84720 398 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
This book examines how different countries define and address environmental issues, specifically in relation to intergovernmental relations: the creation of institutions, the assignment of powers, and the success of alternative solutions. It also investigates whether a systemic view of the environment has influenced the policy-making process. The broad perspective adopted includes a detailed analysis of seventeen countries in six continents by scholars from a range of disciplines – economics, political science, environmental science and law – thus producing novel material that moves away from the conventional treatment of decentralisation and the environment in economic literature.

Providing a comprehensive and up to date analysis of environmental governance worldwide, this book will be of great interest to researchers and students in environmental economics, environmental politics, governance and decentralisation. It will also appeal to practitioners and policymakers with responsibilities over the environment.
Contributors: M.S. Andersen, F. Ankomah Asante, G. Asfaw, A. Breton, G. Brosio, I. Capozza, C. Cavalcanti, T. Chiamparino, S. Dalmazzone, S. Demissew, S. Engel, G. Garrone, P.V. Kasyanov, K. Lemma, D. Liefferink, S. Mandal, J.D. Petchey, L. Piazza, M.G. Rao, P. Salmon, J.F. Shogren, S. Smith, A.V. Stovpivskaya, M. Valiante, I. Venturello, H. Wang, M. Wiering, C. Wu, M. Zimmermann, A.R. Zito
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Albert Breton, Giorgio Brosio, Silvana Dalmazzone and Giovanna Garrone

PART I: FEDERAL AND SUPRANATIONAL SYSTEMS
2. Australia: Preserving Biodiversity and Managing Water Resources
Jeffrey D. Petchey

3. Economic Growth and Environmental Protection in Brazil: An Unfavourable Trade-off
Clóvis Cavalcanti

4. Interdependence and Coordination in the Canadian Environmental Policy Process
Marcia Valiante

5. Ethiopia: Protecting Nature in a Developing Decentralized Country
Gedion Asfaw, Kifle Lemma and Sebsebe Demissew

6. European Union: Shifting Environmental Governance to the Supranational Level
Anthony R. Zito

7. Environmental Institutions in Germany: Leader or Laggard?
Stefanie Engel and Melanie Zimmermann

8. Overlapping Fiscal Domains and the Effectiveness of Environmental Policy in India
Subrata Mandal and M. Govinda Rao

9. Russia: The Difficult Transition to Stable Environmental Institutions
Pavel V. Kasyanov and Aliona V. Stovpivskaya

10. The Political Economy of Environmental Governance in the United States
Jason F. Shogren

PART II: NON-FEDERAL COUNTRIES
11. Chile: The Development–Sustainability Dilemma
Tommaso Chiamparino, Laura Piazza and Irene Venturello

12. China: Seeking Meaningful Decentralization to Achieve Sustainability
Changhua Wu and Hua Wang

13. The Danish Communes: Capacities and Constraints in Environmental Management
Mikael Skou Andersen

14. France: Forces Shaping Centralization and Decentralization in Environmental Policymaking
Albert Breton and Pierre Salmon

15. Capacity Constraints on Local Government Environmental Policies in Ghana
Felix Ankomah Asante

16. Italy: Towards Responsibility-sharing in Environmental Protection
Ivana Capozza and Giovanna Garrone

17. The Netherlands: An Integrated, Participatory Approach to Environmental Policymaking
Duncan Liefferink and Mark Wiering

18. United Kingdom: Environmental Policymaking in a Centralised, Market-driven System
Stephen Smith

19. Trends in Environmental Governance: Evidence from Seventeen Countries and Sundry Reflections Thereon
Albert Breton, Giorgio Brosio, Silvana Dalmazzone and Giovanna Garrone

Index