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Multilevel Environmental Governance
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Multilevel Environmental Governance

Managing Water and Climate Change in Europe and North America

9780857939241 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Inger Weibust, Assistant Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University and James Meadowcroft, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 0 85793 924 1 Extent: 296 pp
The literature on Multi-level governance (MLG), an approach that explicitly looks at the system of the many interacting authority structures at work in the global political economy, has grown significantly over the last decade. The authors in this volume examine how multilevel governance (MLG) systems address climate change and water policy.

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The literature on Multi-level governance (MLG), an approach that explicitly looks at the system of the many interacting authority structures at work in the global political economy, has grown significantly over the last decade. The authors in this volume examine how multilevel governance (MLG) systems address climate change and water policy.

By taking a comparative perspective, the contributors seek to examine the impact of multilevel governance on the environment. They show how the interplay between autonomous governments at the sub-national, federal or supranational and international levels in MLG systems create unique challenges and opportunities. Both cutting greenhouse gas emissions and allocating river flows require tough political or legal decisions that create winners and losers. This book offers a cogent examination of the successes and failures of the United States, European Union, Canada and Australia in grappling with these policy problems.

This book will appeal to academics and students of public policy, international affairs and environment studies. Those working in government institutions will find the research interesting and invaluable.
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Contributors: D. Benson, D.J. Fiorino, D. Gordon, B.T. Heinmiller, A. Jordan, K. Kern, D. Macdonald, J. Meadowcroft, M. Pallemaerts, B.G. Rabe, I. Weibust
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Contents:

PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE
1. Introduction
Inger Weibust

2. Too Many Levels or Just About Right? Multilevel Governance and Environmental Performance
Daniel J. Fiorino

PART II: MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE OF WATER RESOURCES
3. Subsidiarity as a ‘Scaling Device’ in Environmental Governance: The Case of the European Union
David Benson and Andrew Jordan

4. Multilevel Governance and the Politics of Environmental Water Recoveries
B. Timothy Heinmiller

5. Playing a Zero Sum Game: Sharing Water between Jurisdictions in Federations
Inger Weibust

PART III: MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
6. Climate Governance in the European Union Multi-level System: The Role of the Cities
Kristine Kern

7. Bottom-up versus Top-down: The Evolving American Climate Policy Odyssey
Barry G. Rabe

8. Institutional Strength, Intergovernmental Relations, and National Climate Policy Coordination: Australia and Canada Compared
David Gordon and Douglas Macdonald

9. Allocating Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Amongst Sectors and Jurisdictions in Federated Systems: The European Union, Germany and Canada
Douglas Macdonald

PART IV: FINDINGS ON EFFECTIVENESS AND GOVERNANCE PATTERNS
10. Ensuring the Effectiveness of European Union Environmental Law: From Supranational Lawmaking to Multilevel Enforcement
Marc Pallemaerts

11. What is Multilevel Environmental Governance? When Does It Work?
Inger Weibust

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