15. The Nation-State, International Society, and the Global Environment

  1. Robert Falkner
  1. Robert Falkner

Published Online: 1 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118326213.ch15

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

How to Cite

Falkner, R. (2013) The Nation-State, International Society, and the Global Environment, in The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (ed R. Falkner), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118326213.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470673249

Online ISBN: 9781118326213

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Keywords:

  • nation-state;
  • international society;
  • domestic politics;
  • foreign environmental policy;
  • power;
  • diffusion;
  • environmental norms

Summary

Despite environmentalists' concerns that the decentralized and fragmented international states system has failed to come up with effective solutions to most global environmental problems, the nation-state and international society remain central to ongoing efforts of organizing collective action at the global level. This chapter first discusses the relationship between the nation-state and the ecological challenge before reviewing the domestic and international sources of nation-states' foreign environmental policy. It focuses in particular on the role played by public opinion, domestic interest groups, and state institutions in shaping foreign policy, as well as the influence of external power, international norm change, and policy diffusion.