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Horizontal Institutional Interlinkages

  • Fariborz Zelli
  • Aarti Gupta
  • Harro van Asselt
  • Frank Biermann
  • Philipp Pattberg
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 175-198
Publication/Series: Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered: New Actors, Mechanisms and Interlinkages
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: MIT Press

Abstract english

This chapter analyses horizontal institutional interlinkages by stressing their embeddedness in overarching global norms. It explains the nature of institutional interlinkages in various policy domains, and their consequences for the development of specific global regimes. We explore, in particular, how certain dominant global norms may be reflected in the positional differences (and their resolution) within given institutional contexts. Our aim is to add to the evolving scholarly literature on interlinkages by offering a norm-based explanation of this much-studied phenomenon.


  • Political Science
  • interplay
  • complexity
  • fragmentation
  • climate change
  • biodiversity
  • trade
  • environmental institutions
  • global governance
  • discourse
  • norms
  • political economy
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • mitigation
  • climate governance
  • Forest governance


  • BECC
  • Miljöpolitik-lup-obsolete
Fariborz Zelli
E-mail: fariborz [dot] zelli [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

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Department of Political Science

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Department of Political Science



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.

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