The proliferation of environmental agreements is a defining feature of modern international relations that has attracted considerable academic attention. Typically focusing on happy-end stories of policy creation, the cooperation literature often ignores issue areas where policy agreements are absent. Science and International Environmental Policy introduces nonregimes into the study of global governance, and compares successes with failures in the formation of environmental treaties. By exploring collective decisions not to cooperate, it explains why international institutions form but also why, when, and how they do not emerge.
Radoslav S. Dimitrov is assistant professor of political science at University of Western Ontario. He teaches international relations and works at global environmental meetings as an analyst for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
Chapter 1 Success and Failure in Environmental Treaty Creation Chapter 2 Shared Knowledge and Collective Action in Global Environmental Politics Chapter 3 Out of Thin Air: The Regime on Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chapter 4 No Pie in the Sky: The Regime on Transboundary Air Pollution Chapter 5 Lost in the Woods: International Forest Negotiations Chapter 6 At Sea: International Coral Reefs Management Chapter 7 Knowledge, Power, and Interests in Environmental Cooperation