Regionalization; Environment; Pluri-regionality; Institutions; Regionalism; Asia; Europe
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Mitchell Ron, Andonova Liliana B., Axelrod Mark, Balsiger Jörg, Bernauer Thomas, Green Jessica F., Hollway James, Kim Rakhyun E., Morin Jean-Frédéric (2020), What we know (and could know) about international environmental agreements, in Global Environmental Politics
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BalsigerJörg, CugusiBattistina, VanDeveerStacy (2019), Still Saving the Mediterranean? Expert communities, regionalization, and institutional change, in Peterson M. J. (ed.), Routledge, New York, 33-53.
The proliferation of regional cooperation is one of the most prominent trends since the end of the Cold War. In international environmental governance alone, some 60% of all agreements are regional, contributing to growing unease over institutional density among scholars and practitioners, who point to the risk of declining legitimacy, accountability, and effectiveness of international governance. The proposed research examines the widespread but previously neglected phenomenon of pluri-regionality: situations where countries are subject to multiple, overlapping regional agreements. Building on and expanding prevailing debates about institutional complexity and fragmentation in international relations, legal studies, and international political sociology, the project investigates the mechanisms driving regionalization and responses to pluri-regionality by means of a global assessment of pluri-regionality using an enhanced version of the international environmental agreements database as well as a comparative study of European and Asian contexts.