Regulating the Polluters: Markets and Strategies for Protecting the Global Environment by Alexander OvodenkoRegulating the Polluters: Markets and Strategies for Protecting the Global Environment by Alexander Ovodenko

Regulating the Polluters: Markets and Strategies for Protecting the Global Environment

byAlexander Ovodenko

Hardcover | September 26, 2017

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National governments and private stakeholders have long recognized that protecting the global environment requires international cooperation. Climate change, tropical deforestation, biodiversity loss, ozone depletion, hazardous wastes, and ocean pollution are among several issues that havebrought national governments together to alleviate the consequences of environmental degradation. As they have worked to mitigate these global problems, national governments have developed a wide variety of environmental regime designs. But why have national governments created differentinternational rules and institutions to address global environmental issues? Some national environmental regimes are more institutionally integrated, some have relatively narrow mandates, some have legally binding obligations while others do not, and some obligations are determined throughmultilateral negotiations while others are nationally determined. In other words, what explains the pattern of regime designs in global environmental governance?Alexander Ovodenko argues that this variation can be explained by looking to a dynamic that has been thus far downplayed by the literature on global environmental governance: the structures of industries regulated by environmental rules. Specifically, it argues (contra the dominant literature) thatit is far easier to attach binding international agreements to oligopolistic industries than those that are fragmented. While concentrated global producers are likely to be more politically influential and thus in a position to shape environmental governance, they are also in a much better positionto comply with such agreements as they have both sufficient capital resources and the technological capacity to innovate by adopting "greener" technologies. In other words, the sources of their political influence make them the best and most efficient options for mitigating global pollution. Bycontrast, it is much more difficult for governments to regulate small-scale producers since such firms and their consumers are much more price sensitive, and these firms have limited resources to devote to compliance. Regulating the Polluters inverts the literature on regulatory capture andcollective action by presenting empirical evidence of the irony of market power in global environmental politics.
Alexander Ovodenko is an Energy Industry Analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Title:Regulating the Polluters: Markets and Strategies for Protecting the Global EnvironmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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