International Regimes
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Skjærseth, Jon Birger (ed.)
International Regimes and Norway's
Environmental Policy - Crossfire and Coherence
Ashgate, September 2004. 254 p.


Since the former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland led the World Commission on Sustainable Development, Norway has played an important role in international environmental cooperation. This volume looks at how this one state engaged international regimes in order to pursue its own national goals in the following issue areas: climate change, biodiversity, ozone depletion, air pollution, marine pollution and whaling. The authors offer an innovative new approach to the study of international regime effectiveness and on linkages or interactions between international regimes.

"…a novel approach to regime analysis…While mainstream works in this field focus on how regimes can make a difference by engaging countries, this study reverses the causal arrow to ask how individual member countries can engage regimes to advance their environmental interests. Using Norway as a case study, the authors investigate the array of factors that determine the results of such endeavours." Professor Oran R. Young, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Jon Birger Skjærseth is Senior Research Fellow and Research Director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. Other FNI contributors are Steinar Andresen, Tom Næss, Marit Reitan, G. Kristin Rosendal and Jørgen Wettestad.