This book examines the global regulation of biodiversity politics through the UN UNConvention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the WTO and other international treaties. Using historical-materialist state and regulation theory, it assesses how the discourse and politics of sustainable development have contributed to the internationalisation of the state. The authors argue that sustainable development, far from being a fixed concept, is a conceptual terrain on which different and conflicting symbolisations of and solutions responses to of the ecological crisis struggle for hegemony. Furthermore, it shows that the international multilateral environmental organisations agreements are t at all a means to counteract neoliberal globalisation but, on the contrary, form an integral part of the ongoing transformation process. Focussing on the UN Convention on Biological DiversityCBD, the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in the World Trade Organisation, this co-authored volume addresses the following issues: * state theory, regulation theory and International Political Ecomy * biodiversity protection and valorisation of genetic resources * access to genetic resources and sharing of benefits which arise out of its use * enforcement of intellectual property rights and their impact on biodiversity. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international politics, international political ecomy, environmental studies, development studies and political ecology.
Ulrich Brand is Professor of International Politics at Vienna University, Austria. Christoph Gorg is a Senior Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. Joachim Hirsch is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Frankfurt, Germany. Markus Wissen is Assistant Professor of the Institute for Political Science at Vienna University, Austria.
Christoph Gorg, Joachim Hirsch, Markus Wissen, Ulrich Brand