Regime Conflicts and Their Management in Global Environmental Governance
- Sebastian Oberthür
- Olav Stokke
Building on international relations theories and pioneering studies on institutional interplay, I successively introduce the various building blocks of the analytical framework. First I define the term “international regime conflict” in a broad manner, showing that conflict can emerge not onlyrom legal incompatibility but also from related behavioral contradictions. This extensive understanding of regime conflicts provides a basis for including major determinants of social behavior.
I then introduce the framework’s dependent variable: the prevalence of one of the involved regimes. For both pragmatic and substantive reasons, prevalence is framed in terms of a regime’s output effectiveness, that is, the norms and rules it produces. A regime is considered to prevail if it generates stronger output on the contested issues than does the colliding regime. The development of third institutions may also be relevant if their output concerns these contested issues.
I further establish the process of conflict management as the major intermediate process through which independent variables may affect the prevalence of a regime. I then introduce two independent variables central to international relations theories, power structure and knowledge structure. Power structure is presented as the constellation of power among countries, whereas knowledge structure is considered to be the basis of knowledge about the contested issues. For each of these determinants, I develop a configurational hypothesis and discuss obstructing or magnifying conditions. The concluding section summarizes the components and causal assumptions of this analytical framework. Throughout the chapter I illustrate the various components of this framework by referring to the con ict between the UN climate regime and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
- Political Science
- Institutional Theory
- International organisations
- Environmental institutions
- Kyoto Protocol
- WTO dispute resolution
- WTO law
- climate governance
- institutional analysis
- Conflict Management.
- ISBN: 978-0-262-51624-2
Fariborz is director of the NAVIGOV project. He received the outstanding Ph.D. thesis award of the University of Tübingen and the award for outstanding teaching performance of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
Ongoing research projects
- Navigating institutional complexity in global climate governance: causes, consequences and responses (NAVIGOV)
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate (BECC)
- Nature of Peace
- Legitimacy in Global Governance
- How Geoengineering Arrived at the Global Agenda