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Subnational Partnerships for Sustainable Development
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Subnational Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany

9781782549130 Edward Elgar Publishing
Holley Andrea Ralston teaches Political Science, Sociology and History, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, US
Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 978 1 78254 913 0 Extent: 256 pp
This fascinating volume examines the recent increase in subnational environmental policy agreements between different countries, with a particular focus on Germany and the US. Holley Ralston explores why international environmental partnerships are forming at the state level and the factors that both aid and inhibit their long-term success.

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This fascinating volume examines the recent increase in subnational environmental policy agreements between different countries, with a particular focus on Germany and the US. Holley Ralston explores why international environmental partnerships are forming at the state level and the factors that both aid and inhibit their long-term success.

The book begins with an in-depth analysis of the theoretical and historical frameworks of transnational partnerships, before transitioning into a discussion of specific environmental agreements between US and German states. The following partnerships are covered in detail: California and Bavaria (1995 and 2000), Wisconsin and Bavaria (1998), Maryland and Schleswig–Holstein (2002) and California and North Rhine–Westphalia (2004). Taken together, these examples provide important insights into the ways in which multi-level governance structures allow subnational actors to shape policy developments around global environmental issues.

This timely study – the first of its kind on this topic – will appeal to both academic researchers and policymakers with an interest in global environmental governance, environmental policymaking, comparative governance and the roles of individuals versus institutions.
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‘There is a growing body of literature that explores what drives subnational actors to become agenda setters on climate change, sustainability and other environmental matters. This book adds a new dimension to this literature by focusing on international environmental partnerships between states, such as those between Maryland and Schleswig–Holstein, Wisconsin and Bavaria, as well as California and North Rhine–Westphalia. In-depth case studies examine what drives these international partnerships, how they function, and what supports and inhibits their effectiveness. This book represents the most in-depth study that exists of international environmental policy agreements at the subnational level. It is an important addition to the field.’
– Miranda Schreurs, Free University of Berlin, Germany
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Analyzing Transnational Partnerships: Theoretical Frameworks 3. The Road to the Partnerships: A Historical Background 4. California and Bavaria (1995) 5. Wisconsin and Bavaria (1998) 6. California and Bavaria (2000) 7. Maryland and Schleswig-Holstein (2002) 8. California and North Rhine-Westphalia (2004) 9. Analysis and Implications Index
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