Civil Society in Global Environmental Governance

The Journal of Environment & Development, Vol. 21/1: 62–66, 2012

Posted: 5 Dec 2017 Last revised: 12 Dec 2017

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Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich

Carola Betzold

Göteborg University - School of Global Studies

Date Written: February 23, 2012

Abstract

Non-governmental organizations play an increasingly important role in the formation and implementation of environmental policies and institutions. The growing involvement of non-state actors in environmental governance is generally welcomed for two reasons: civil society presumably helps governments reach more effective and democratic agreements by providing information and legitimacy. Yet, there are reasons to doubt civil society’s capacity to fulfill these two functions. Many non-governmental organizations themselves lack democratic legitimacy; and weak international agreements are often the result not of lack of information, but of lack of political will. While non-state actors clearly have an important role to play in global environmental governance, this article calls for more research to identify when and how non-state actors indeed contribute to more effective and democratically more legitimate governance.

Keywords: Civil Society, Climate, Environment, Global Environmental Governance, Governance

Suggested Citation

Bernauer, Thomas and Betzold, Carola, Civil Society in Global Environmental Governance (February 23, 2012). The Journal of Environment & Development, Vol. 21/1: 62–66, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3080339

Thomas Bernauer (Contact Author)

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Carola Betzold

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