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Jørgen Wettestad
Designing Effective Environmental Regimes
The Key Conditions
Edward Elgar Publishing, 1999. 272 p. £59.95

In this book, Jørgen Wettestad - Senior Research Fellow at The Fridtjof Nansen Institute of Lysaker, Norway - focuses on the impact and design of international environmental regimes which are established to preserve natural resources and reduce environmental degradation. The author addresses such regimes from both a conceptual and theoretical point of view as well as using comparative empirical evidence from issue areas such as marine pollution, acid rain, ozone layer depletion and global climate change.
    Wettestad examines specifically a number of controversial issues in international environmental politics. Should, for instance, access to decision processes be inclusive or exclusive? Similar choices or dilemmas exist with regard to decision-making rules, the role of the secretariat, the structuring of the agenda, the organization of the science-politics interface, and the design of verification and compliance mechanisms - all real-life dilemmas faced by negotiators.