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International Governance and Fisheries Management – Determining and Explaining the Effectiveness of International Regimes

The topic of this project, which formed the base for the doctoral thesis of FNI Senior Research Fellow Olav Schram Stokke, was international fisheries management in the Barents Sea. Various aspects of management problems associated with Northeast Arctic cod are highlighted: Establishing jurisdiction over all significant vessels engaged in harvesting; generating knowledge about the impacts of various levels and patterns of harvesting; and modifying the actual behaviour of fishers at sea. The project identified a set of regime-based strategies that are relevant to resource management and examined the conditions for such strategies to affect problem solving.

Project leader: Olav Schram Stokke

Project period: 2002-2009

Main publications:

Stokke, Olav Schram, Disaggregating International Regimes: A New Approach to Evaluation and Comparison. Cambridge (USA), MIT Press, 2012, 348 p.

Stokke, Olav Schram, A Disaggregate Approach to International Regime Effectiveness: The Case of Barents Sea Fisheries. Doctoral dissertation, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. Oslo, Unipub, 2010, 276 p.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Shaming, and International Regime Effectiveness'. Journal of Business Research, Vol 60, No 5, 2007, pp. 501-511.

 Related focal points of research:

   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Global governance and sustainable development

Project funding:

   The Research Council of Norway

 Recent relevant FNI News:

New Book: Disaggregating International Regimes (10.10.2012)

Olav Schram Stokke Obtains Dr. philos. degree on International Regime Effectiveness, with Barents Sea Fisheries Case Study (19.03.2010)

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