Governance for the Environment, New Perspectives

We live in an era of human-dominated ecosystems in which the demand for environmental governance is rising rapidly. At the same time, confidence in the capacity of governments to meet this demand is waning. How can we address the resultant governance deficit and achieve sustainable development? This book brings together perspectives from economics, management, and political science in order to identify innovative approaches to governance and bring them to bear on environmental issues. The authors’ analysis of important cases demonstrates how governance systems need to fit their specific setting and how effective policies can be developed without relying exclusively on government. They argue that the future of environmental policies lies in coordinated systems that simultaneously engage actors located in the public sector, the private sector, and civil society. Governance for the Environment draws attention to cutting-edge questions for practitioners and analysts interested in environmental governance. An original and well thought out presentation of cutting edge interdisciplinary perspectives on governance for the environment • Examines the roles, relationships and motivations of actors throughout the economic and political system, demonstrating how environmental governance is about much more than government action • Balances theory with strong, contextualized summaries of real world results