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Transnational Environmental Governance

The Emergence and Effects of the Certification of Forests and Fisheries

Lars H. Gulbrandsen

Lars H. Gulbrandsen, Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway

2010 224 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 528 4
2012 Paperback 978 1 78100 710 5
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 675 6

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Paperback £27.00 on-line price £21.60


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‘Incisive and nuanced, Transnational Environmental Governance significantly advances our understanding of the capacity of certification to influence the environmental behaviour of corporations and consumers. Lars Gulbrandsen’s subtle analysis leaves us with an innovative toolbox to explain when and why voluntary certification programs succeed – or fail – to strengthen environmental governance. It is essential reading for anyone wanting a more accurate way to evaluate the growing number of non-state certification programs.’
– Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia, Canada


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In recent years a wide range of non-state certification programs have emerged to address environmental and social problems associated with the extraction of natural resources. This book provides a general analytical framework for assessing the emergence and effectiveness of voluntary certification programs. It focuses on certification in the forest and fisheries sectors, as initiatives in these sectors are among the most advanced cases of non-state standard setting and governance in the environmental realm.

Paying particular attention to the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council, the author examines how certification initiatives emerged, the politics that underlie their development, their ability to influence producer and consumer behavior, and the broader consequences of their formation and spread. The analysis of the certification of forests and fisheries offers a wealth of insights from which to better understand the capacity of non-state governance programs to ameliorate global environmental problems.

Containing a detailed review of the direct effects and broader consequences of forest and fisheries certification, this book will be warmly welcomed by scholars of environmental politics and corporate social responsibility, as well as practitioners involved in non-state certification programs throughout the world.

Full table of contents

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Non-state Governance: An Analytical Framework 3. The Emergence of Forest Certification 4. The Adoption and Impact of Forest Certification 5. Forest Certification in Sweden and Norway 6. Spillover to the Fisheries Sector: The Marine Stewardship Council 7. The Adoption and Impact of Fisheries Certification 8. The Spread and Institutionalization of Certification Programs 9. Conclusions References Index

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