Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change (G. Winter)


Gerd Winter (Universität Bremen)


Earth System Analysis, global climate change, global environmental change, global environmental governance, green civil society, self-regulation, industry, law, private authority, global governance, transnational corporations, international environmental law, transboundary corporate responsibility, USA, transnational bureaucracy networks, EU, post-Communist states, multilateral environmental agreements, compliance continuum, regulatory competition, developing countries, policy instrument innovation, sovereignty, environmental liability, environmental principles


Originally published in 2006, this collection is the outcome of an interdisciplinary research project involving scholars in the fields of international and comparative environmental law, the sociology and politics of global governance, and the scientific study of global climate change. Earth system analysis as developed by the natural sciences is transferred to the analysis of institutions of global environmental change. Rather than one overarching supranational organisation, a system of ‘multilevel’ institutions is advocated. The book examines the proper role of industrial self-regulation, of horizontal transfer of national policies, of regional integration, and of improved coordination between international environmental organisations, as well as basic principles for sustainable use of resources. Addressing both academics and politicians, this book will stimulate the debate about the means of improving global governance.

• Examines the highly topical issue of the impact of institutions on climate change • Unique combination of a holistic and interdisciplinary approach • Written by an international team of researchers from Europe, the USA, Canada, and India


Gerd Winter (ed), Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change: Perspectives from Science, Sociology and the Law (CUP, 2010)


Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change: Perspectives from Science, Sociology and the Law