Analyzing International Environmental Regimes: From Case by Helmut Breitmeier

By Helmut Breitmeier

Regime idea has develop into an more and more influential method of the research of diplomacy, quite within the components of overseas political economic system and foreign environmental politics. The conceptual allure of the assumption of "governance with out executive" -- within which a mix of alternative businesses and associations offer governance to deal with particular difficulties -- displays a global during which the call for for governance is excellent however the wide-spread mechanisms for offering it are vulnerable. such a lot learn on overseas regimes employs qualitative equipment, frequently utilizing case reports to boost higher theoretical arguments; yet an absence of standardization makes comparative research tough. Analyzing overseas Environmental Regimes introduces the foreign Regimes Database (IRD), a massive methodological innovation that permits students to undertake a quantitative method of the research of overseas regimes.

The IRD is a relational database that makes it attainable to check documents on particular facets of a couple of foreign environmental regimes which are coded utilizing a unmarried, well-defined set of innovations, definitions, and scales. The publication first describes the database and discusses a few methodological, technical, and architectural matters. It then illustrates using the IRD as an analytic device, drawing at the database for descriptive facts to judge theoretical principles approximately compliance, selection principles, and the position of data. A CD containing the whole IRD facts protocol and all of the info presently within the database accompanies the book.

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The concept of situation structure directs attention to differences among key actors regarding both their role in causing a problem and their vulnerability to the impacts of the problem. 1 summarizes the agreed-on definitions of the problems addressed by all the regimes currently included in the IRD. , harvesting versus conservation). As a result, coders sometimes found it necessary to refer to several distinct, albeit related, concerns in the course of reaching agreement on problem definition. The cases of CITES and the regime for tropical timber exemplify this situation.

As a result, we chose the less ambitious criterion as a baseline for assessments of the contributions regimes make to problem solving. A central question in research on regime effectiveness concerns the degree to which international institutions actually cause observed impacts, or whether external forces like exercises of power or the introduction of new technologies are the real driving forces in world affairs. In many cases, observed results reflect the combined effects of regimes and 32 Chapter 2 external factors operating at the same time.

A comparison of developments occurring during different stages of the lives of regimes can shed light on claims concerning the rise of global civil society and whether this development has influenced the effectiveness of individual regimes. A study of changes over time may also help in evaluating arguments about the relationship between institutionalization and regime effectiveness. Regimes that seem moribund in their early stages sometimes become more effective with the passage of time. Conversely, arrangements that seem dynamic in terms of the evolution of norms, rules, and decision-making procedures may fail to produce clearcut solutions to problems over time.

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