The Ecological State: Cross-National Patterns of Environmental Governance Regimes

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/12/2008
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 6632000 SEK


The aim of the project is to map and explain cross-national variation in governance responses to environmental change. Specifically, the project seeks to 1) describe and develop typologies of emerging environmental governance regimes, 2) analyse historical and contextual factors explaining variation between environmental governance regimes, and 3) investigate the environmental performance of different types of environmental governance regimes. By pointing to the strong parallels between the challenges that spawned the welfare state and the challenges posed by global environmental change (i.e. state responses to negative market externalities) the project reintroduces the state as an important object of study for scholars of environmental politics. A combination of cross-national statistical analysis and longitudinal case-studies using historical-institutional methodological templates is employed in order to investigate and assess the emergence of the ecological state in a comparative and historical perspective. The project will also analyse relative strengths and weaknesses of different environmental governance models in addressing different types of environmental problems.

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