'Until now, we have been without a solid, authoritative and comprehensive book, covering the pros and cons of the various streams of ideas [on a world environment organization]. So I thank the editors and writers of A World Environment Organization. I believe it will make an important contribution to informing a wider audience on where we need to go.'
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme [from the Foreword]
'This book exemplifies policy analysis at its best. It addresses an issue of obvious importance, explores it from a variety of perspectives, and avoids simplistic conclusions. Whatever your view of the idea of creating a World Environment Organization, this book will sharpen your thinking.'
Professor Oran Young, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Co-Director, Bren Program on Governance for Sustainable Development, University of California (Santa Barbara), USA and Head of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Programme
Contents: Foreword, Klaus Töpfer. The Debate on a World Environment Organization: An introduction, Steffen Bauer and Frank Biermann. Assessing the Need for Reform: The United Nations' record on environmental governance: an assessment, Lorraine Elliott; Global environmental governance: challenges for the south from a theoretical perspective, Joyeeta Gupta. The Case for a World Environment Organization: Toward a world environment organization: reflections upon a vital debate, Steve Charnovitz; The rationale for a world environment organization, Frank Biermann; Generating effective global environmental governance: the North's need for a world environment organization, John Kirton. The Case against a World Environment Organization: Clustering international environmental agreements as an alternative to a world environment organization, Konrad von Moltke; Reforming international environmental governance: an institutional perspective on proposals for a world environment organization, Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring; Neither necessary, nor sufficient: why organizational tinkering will not improve environmental governance, Adil Najam; Conclusion, Frank Biermann and Steffen Bauer; About the authors.
January 2005 292 pages Hardback 0 7546 3765 4 £47.50 www.ashgate.com