Policy Response 2


Using the assigned readings for Weeks 3 and 4 listed in the course syllabus, answer the following questions. Be sure to cite course reading materials. The minimum word count for the response is 1500 words and must not exceed 2000 words (approximately 6-8 pages - excluding cover page and references section). Provide a cover page with your name, course information, and a title, and include a references section on a separate page. The document must be double spaced with 12 point font, one inch margins, and use proper grammar/spelling.  Also, please label each question being answered (e.g., Q-1A). Please do not copy questions. Copied questions will not count towards the word count, but will count towards exceeding the maximum length. 

Q-1A. The readings for week 3 cover examples of international environmental cooperation, both bilateral and multilateral. Examples include pollution (air, waste and chemicals), ozone, and a host of other regimes in the CDB chapters. First, briefly discuss the process that led to international cooperation and the resulting treaties in these readings.

Attachment Week 3 Example CDB Ozone*

Q-1B. What common factors can you identify in these readings that led to international cooperation? Be sure to keep the readings from week 2 in mind when writing this policy response. What differences can you identify? Does expanding a treaty from a regional context to a more global context add complexity to the process? Explain. Any other thoughts on these case studies?

Pahre, Robert. 2009. "International Cooperation as Interagency Cooperation: Examples of Wildlife and Habitat Preservation (Links to an external site.)," Perspectives on Politics 7: 883-899.

Q- 2A. The readings for week 3 and 4 cover examples of obstacles and opportunities in establishing international environmental regimes. Compare, contrast, and analyze the differences between Coral Reef management (Dimitrov, 2002) and Baltic Environmental cooperation (VanDeveer, 2011). Elaborate on the role of scientific information (and consensus) in establishing formal regimes.

Dimitrov, Radoslav. 2002. “Confronting Nonregimes: Science and International Coral Reef Policy (Links to an external site.).” The Journal of Environment & Development 11(1): 53 -78.

Vandeveer, Stacy. 2011. “Networked Baltic Environmental CooperationPreview the documentJournal of Baltic Studies. 42(1):37-55.

Q- 2B. According to Henry (2010), environmental activists in Russia were able to use transnational linkages to pressure the government. Based on the article, do you think international environmental regimes can be successful in incentivizing (or pressuring) state actors to collaborate for global environmental agenda? What is the role of non-government agencies? How essential are they?

Henry, Laura  “Between transnationalism and state power: the development of Russia’s post-Soviet environmental movement.” Environmental Politics. Laura_Henry.pdf

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