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International governance increasingly occurs through complex synergies between networks of actors across levels of international politics. While current governance arrangements remain a crazy quilt of overlapping activities, this volume seeks to describe and analyze the activities of many new actors in international politics in the realm of sustainable development. It highlights many of their activities, difficulties, challenges, and critiques of their role in international governance, as well as raising new theoretical and empirical puzzles for the future study of globalization and the formulation of policies for global issues.
This book addresses the various new channels of multilateral environmental governance that have appeared within an increasingly globalized international system at the beginning of 21st century. While states ultimately continue to make and enforce international law, they are increasingly dependent upon multilateral institutions, organized science, NGOs and social movements, and business and industry for formulating their views and for conducting policy. It is the emerging forces emanating from this multiplicity of actors that facilitate institutional synergisms in environmental governance. This volume focuses on clarifying the key actors and the governance functions they perform in addressing environmental threats.