Book Review: The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy

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Aurathai Phongchiewboon

Political Science Association of Kasetsart University (PSAKU)

Date Written: October 1, 2015


This textbook is the renowned edition of Regina, S. A., and Stacy, D. V. which is revised to frame the contents as one of the award-winning volumes to show highlights of the current trends of global environmental politics, social issues, and sustainable development practices. The contents of this book also offer an inclusive explanation of the key institutions, issues, laws, and policies to describe environmental management and governance systems. As the revised edition, the authors have attempted to describe the key elements of international environmental politics to an appraisal of practical examples including the related institutions, issues, laws, policies and the roles of stakeholders. The authors also include an expanded explanation of the strategies in each case study, which relate to the possible strategies to deal with climate changes, biodiversity loss, harmful of chemical overusing, ozone layer depletion, nuclear energy and natural resource consumptions.

This textbook is divided into three sections, with critical thinking and academic reviewing from theoretical aspects and certain concepts of global environmental politics to an appraisal of suitable practice examples. At the beginning of this book, the authors offer the lists of selected acronyms in global environmental policy and a brief chronology, which follows by the contributors. An introduction is written for setting the background of global environmental governance and following by the first section to discuss on the international environmental actors and institutions in generally with examples. In the introduction, Regina S. A. and Stacy, D. reviews the relevant aspects of global environmental governance, and discuss the broader international environmental institutions, laws and regimes for setting the scene of the first section. The first section discusses on the related architects, agitators and entrepreneurs which are embedded in the International and Nongovernmental Organizations in Global Environmental Politics, while also providing examples of the policies of climate change and ozone layer protection. One of the strengths of the first section is that it provides useful and descriptive analyses of the evolution of the international environmental policy arena. A second section considers the big players in global environmental policy-making in both of domestic and international as a part of leadership, partnerships and global environmental politics to face national and global challenges. A third section addresses the cases, controversies, and challenges of the implementation of national and international environmental management policies. It can be reminded that the international institutional relationships are extraordinarily complicated while seeking common workable environmental standards and the involvement of both governmental and nongovernmental organization. In the third section, the complex nexus of multilevel global environmental governance is reviewed by providing several case studies in each chapter which covered the local, national and regional governance of hazardous chemicals, biodiversity, and environmental protection as a conundrum part of sustainable development controversies.

Suggested Citation

Phongchiewboon, Aurathai, Book Review: The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy (October 1, 2015). Journal of Interdisciplinary Research: Graduate Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4. Available at SSRN: or

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