Global Environmental Governance and Small States


Global Environmental Governance and Small States

Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean

9781786437266 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michelle Scobie, Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78643 726 6 Extent: 224 pp
Global Environmental Governance gives the perspectives of small states on some of the most important issues of the anthropocene, from trade, climate change and energy security to tourism, marine governance, and heritage. Providing an in depth analysis of global environmental governance and its impact on Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS) Michelle Scobie explores which dynamics and contexts influence current policy and future environmental outcomes for one of the most biodiverse regions of the planet.

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This book provides an in-depth analysis of global environmental governance in the Anthropocene in the context of transformative environmental change and of the realities of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It explores the dynamic ways that global to local actors, institutions and norms relate to regional and local environmental policy, histories and contexts, and how this shapes future environmental outcomes for some of the most biodiverse regions of the planet.

Global Environmental Governance and Small States fills a gap in the existing international relations and environmental governance literature. It explains how and where regional and local social, economic, geophysical, legal and historical contexts interact with global environmental governance architectures, norms and state and non-state actors, to determine the nature of SIDS’ environmental perspectives, responses and policies. Using the Anthropocene as the historical context, the volume examines the most pressing issues for small states’ perspectives and international responses to environmental challenges. Key among these are those associated with climate change, tourism, marine governance, energy security, cultural heritage and trade.

This book will be an invaluable tool for academics and scholars of international relations, international politics, global environmental governance, international development, Caribbean affairs and regional governance. Its insights will also be of benefit for diplomats, development partners, policymakers and political actors working with and in Caribbean States, and SIDS, more widely.
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‘Scobie’s book is a welcome addition to the field of global environmental governance. It renews attention to the Caribbean among SIDS scholars and provides much-needed information for local Caribbean governments that are facing global environmental issues within the international web of policies and legal frameworks, conventions, and institutions. Such information will surely help Caribbean people assert their voice.’
– Malcom Ferdinand, New West Indian Guide

‘The reading of this unique book is to be welcomed and encouraged.’
– Yann Bérard, Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies

‘Michelle Scobie has written an exhilarating and compact book that is quite astonishing it its achievement.’
– The Criminal Lawyer

‘Michelle Scobie’s new book, Global Environmental Governance and Small States explores how global institutions and norms become relevant, absorbed and adapted to local development priorities, norms and culture in the CARICOM region. Filling a crucial gap in the existing literature on global environmental governance, Scobie critically analyses environmental governance challenges for Small Island Development States and convincingly argues for solutions that are scale, place and culture appropriate. A timely and much-needed addition to the emerging “southern perspective” on global environmental governance.’
– Philipp H. Pattberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Contents: 1. SIDS and Environmental Governance in the Anthropocene 2. Thematic Foundations of Caribbean Environmental Governance 3. Sustainable Tourism Governance and Caribbean SIDS 4. Climate Change Governance and Caribbean SIDS 5. Global Marine and Ocean governance and Caribbean SIDS 6. Renewable energy and Energy Security and Caribbean SIDS 7. Caribbean cultural and natural heritage governance 8. The global trade-environment nexus and Caribbean Environmental Governance 9. Key issues and emerging trends in Caribbean environmental governance and earth system governance research Index

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