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Four Models of Interest Mediation in Global Environmental Governance


Gale, F, Four Models of Interest Mediation in Global Environmental Governance, Global Policy, 5, (1) pp. 10-22. ISSN 1758-5880 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12105


Negotiating global environmental agreements involves aggregating and mediating divergent interests. In multiparty electoral systems, the process begins at the subnational level where interests aggregated by business associations, trade unions and civil society organizations are represented to political parties and governments in an effort to secure better (from their perspective) policy outcomes. How domestic political systems aggregate, represent and mediate diverse competing interests is a key question within comparative politics with some analysts favouring pluralism and others defending corporatist and policy network arrangements. This rich domestic literature has no global equivalent, due to the dominance until recently of intergovernmental forms of interest mediation at the global level. The rise of sector-specific global governance organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council suggests it is timely to investi-gate the different arrangements being used to mediate global interests and derive some hypotheses about how these shape global politics and policy. Using a grounded theory approach, this article compares and contrasts four different global interest mediation arrangements: intergovernmental (UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)), single-interest (Responsible Care (RC)), multistakeholder (Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)) and corporatist (Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:92971
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-07-03
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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