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- DescriptionTransparency -- openness, secured through greater availability of information -- is increasingly seen as part of the solution to a complex array of ecomic, political, and ethical problems in an interconnected world. The transparency turn in global environmental governance in particular is seen in a range of international agreements, voluntary disclosure initiatives, and public-private partnerships. This is the first book to investigate whether transparency in global environmental governance is in fact a broadly transformative force or plays a more limited, instrumental role. After three conceptual, context-setting chapters, the book examines ten specific and diverse instances of governance by disclosure. These include state-led mandatory disclosure initiatives that rely on such tools as prior informed consent and monitoring, measuring, reporting and verification; and private (or private-public), largely voluntary efforts that include such corporate transparency initiatives as the Carbon Disclosure Project and such certification schemes as the Forest Stewardship Council. The cases, which focus on issue areas including climate change, biodiversity, biotechlogy, natural resource exploitation, and chemicals, demonstrate that although transparency is ubiquitous, its effects are limited and often specific to particular contexts. The book explores in what circumstances transparency can offer the possibility of a new emancipatory politics in global environmental governance.
- Author BiographyAarti Gupta is Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy Group of the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Michael Mason is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication15/08/2014
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Series TitleEarth System Governance
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note4 figures, 11 tables
- Weight494 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byAarti Gupta,Michael Mason
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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