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Agency in Earth System Governance

Edited by: Michele M. Betsill, Tabitha M. Benney, Andrea K. Gerlak

ISBN13: 9781108705875
To be Published: January 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

The modern era is facing unprecedented governance challenges in striving to achieve long-term sustainability goals and to limit human impacts on the Earth system. This volume synthesizes a decade of multidisciplinary research into how diverse actors exercise authority in environmental decision making, and their capacity to deliver effective, legitimate and equitable Earth system governance. Actors from the global to the local level are considered, including governments, international organizations and corporations.

Chapters cover how state and non-state actors engage with decision-making processes, the relationship between agency and structure, and the variations in governance and agency across different spheres and tiers of society. Providing an overview of the major questions, issues and debates, as well as the theories and methods used in studies of agency in earth system governance, this book provides a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, as well as practitioners and policy makers working in environmental governance.

  • Covers a broad spectrum of social science research from diverse disciplinary perspectives, drawing on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to provide an understanding of earth system governance across multiple scales, issues and geographies
  • Accessibly written, the book will be of interest to those working in a broad range of disciplines who are looking for an overview of agency in earth system governance
  • Based on a systematic analysis of the journal literature from the last decade, the book highlights the most important research trends and debates

Environmental Law
List of contributors
Part I. Introduction and Overview:
1. Introduction: agency in earth system governance - Michele M. Betsill, Tabitha M. Benney, Andrea K. Gerlak, C. Brown, S. Chan, O. Enechi, R.B. Mitchell, I. Möller, J. J. Patterson, M. Scobie, S. van der Hel and O.E. Widerberg
2. Conceptualizing agency and agents in earth system governance - M. Scobie, Tabitha M. Benney, C. Brown and O.E. Widerberg
3. Theories and methods of agency research in earth system governance - Tabitha M. Benney, A. Orsini, D. Cantwell and L. Iozzelli
4. How geographies and issues matter in ESG-agency research - Andrea K. Gerlak, M. Mills-Novoa, A. Elder, O. Enechi, P. Sharma and K. Singh
Part II. Agency and the Dynamics of Earth System Governance:
5. Power (ful) and power (less): a review of power in the ESG-agency scholarship - Andrea K. Gerlak, T.R. Eimer, M.C. Brisbois, M. Mills-Novoa, L. Schmitz, J. Luimers and P. Abernethy
6. The performance of agency in earth system governance - Michele M. Betsill and M. Milkoreit
7. Agency and knowledge in environmental governance: a thematic review - M. Milkoreit, J.S. Bansard and S. van der Hel
8. Agency and architecture: producing stability and change - J.J. Patterson
9. Agency in a multi-scalar world - M. Scobie, Michele M. Betsill and H. Park
10. Agency and norms: who defines what ought to be? - M. Angstadt and I. Möller
11. Agency in the allocation of and access to natural resources - P. Sharma, O. Enechi and S.N. Kumar
12. Agency and adaptiveness: navigating change and transformation - J.J. Patterson
13. Accountability in the governance of global change - C. Brown and M. Scobie
14. How to evaluate agents and agency - S. Chan and R.B. Mitchell
Part III. Policy Implications and the Future of Agency in Earth System Governance Research:
15. Conclusion: policy implications of ESG-agency research and reflections on the road ahead - Andrea K. Gerlak, Michele M. Betsill, J.J. Patterson, S. Chan, Tabitha M. Benney, M.C. Brisbois, T.R. Eimer and M. Scobie
Appendix A