Books and edited volumes
Falkner, Robert (ed.) (2013) The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (Wiley-Blackwell) - paperback edition in September 2016!
The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy presents an authoritative and comprehensive overview of global policy on climate and the environment. It combines the strengths of an interdisciplinary team of experts from around the world to explore current debates and the latest thinking in the search for global environmental solutions.
“Falkner has successfully brought together top scholars from several disciplines in a single, important book that will interest policy makers and students for years to come. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.” (Choice, 1 January 2014)
"This Handbook brings together world-leading scholars to analyze the political and economic challenges of climate change and global environmental policy. Expertly edited, it surveys the latest academic theories as well as provides groundbreaking research on the organizations, actors, and processes shaping global environmental politics."—Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia
Falkner, Robert and Bernice Lee (guest eds.) (2012) 'Rio+20 and the Global Environment: Reflections on Theory and Practice', special issue of International Affairs 88:3.
'Introduction' - Robert Falkner and Bernice Lee
'Emerging powers, North–South relations and global climate politics' - Andrew Hurrell and Sandeep Sengupta
'International political economy and the environment: back to the basics?' - Jennifer Clapp and Eric Helleiner
'Global environmentalism and the greening of international society' - Robert Falkner
'Institutional diffusion in international environmental affairs' - Alexander Ovodenko and Robert O Keohane
'Engaging the public and the private in global sustainability governance' - Kenneth W Abbott
'Institutional design and UNEP reform: historical insights on form, function and financing' - Maria Ivanova
'Complex global governance and domestic policies: four pathways of influence' - Steven Bernstein and Benjamin Cashore
'The changing fortunes of differential treatment in the evolution of international environmental law' - Lavanya Rajamani
Falkner, Robert (2008) Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). (paperback published in 2009)
How powerful is business in international environmental protection? Modern industrial sectors are often at the root of global environmental problems such as global warming and ozone layer depletion, but are they also the main source of inertia and obstruction that often hold back international efforts to save the environment? Does the limited success of the Kyoto Protocol process suggest that the fossil fuel industry and others can prevent effective climate action? On the other hand, what are we to make of cases such as the Montreal Protocol, which has helped to reverse the manmade trend towards ozone layer depletion?
This book is the result of over ten years of research on international environmental politics. It puts forward a distinctive theoretical approach and analytical framework for studying business as an international actor in the environmental field, and provides detailed case studies of three of the most important environmental challenges in recent years: the protection of the ozone layer; the politics of global climate change; and the regulation of agricultural biotechnology.
'Robert Falkner's excellent book addresses a vitally important topic on which the literature is relatively under-developed. His approach is radically different and directly engages existing explanations of the role of business in global environmental politics. This will certainly mean its appearance on reading lists!' - John Vogler, Professor of International relations, Keele University, UK
'Falkner's contribution is to demonstrate how accounts of the considerable power and influence of business can remain strongly sensitive to the varied nature of business interests and the particularity of the political circumstances with which they are inevitably enmeshed.' - Dan Greenwood, International Affairs
Falkner, Robert (ed) (2007) The International Politics of Genetically Modified Food: Diplomacy, Trade and Law (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
Genetic engineering - the controversial technology that allows scientists to manipulate genes in living organisms and produce new plants and animals - is at the heart of an intense global conflict. The search for a working international regime on biosafety has been complicated by rising transatlantic and North-South tensions over the burgeoning trade in genetically modified (GM) crops. At stake are not just the environmental and health risks involved in the production of GM food, but also questions about whether international society is able to govern risky technologies in an era of economic globalization.
This timely and comprehensive collection brings together experts from the fields of international relations, environmental studies, trade and international law to examine the sources of international friction and to explore the prospects for international cooperation, offering a provocative insight into the new politics of global governance.
'This is an outstanding collection of essays that makes a major contribution to both scholarship and to understanding public policy. I can think of no other volume that presents such as comprehensive, integrated analysis of the complex scientific, political , economic and legal dimensions of GMO policies. It is essential reading.' - David Vogel, George Quist Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, US
'This masterful collection explores every angle of this quintessentially global controversy... It is essential reading for teachers and students of global politics along with anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the complex global politics surrounding GM food.' - Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne, Australia
'Overall, this collection gives a thorough view of the interests and strategies of the various actors and the main points of concern over GM Foods...This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the present and future governance of GM food.' Shane Mulligan, Political Studies Review
'Overall, this is a skilfully assembled and judiciously structured collection...this volume probably represents the most inclusive work on the international politics of GM food to date. Both newcomers to this field and well-versed scholars need look no further for an admirably well-rounded analysis.' - Hannes Stephan, International Affairs
'...a valuable resource for GMO sceptics and supporters alike. Both will find chapters that are factually reliable, analytically careful, and conceptually challenging.' - Robert Paarlberg, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology
Bail, Christoph, Robert Falkner and Helen Marquard (eds) (2002) The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: Reconciling Trade in Biotechnology with Environment and Development? (London: RIIA/Earthscan).
Modern biotechnology - the controversial manipulation of genes in living organisms - has far-reaching implications for agriculture, human health, trade and the environment. Against the odds, an international treaty governing biosafety and trade in biotechnology was adopted in 2000. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety of the Convention on Biological Diversity deals with one of the most important and challenging issues thrown up by developments in biotechnology. This volume is a comprehensive review of the protocol and the process that led to its adoption. It includes contributions from many of the key players involved and analyses the commercial and political interests at stake, the operations and implications of the protocol, and prospects for the future.
'An excellent book and a highly entertaining and informative publication' - European Environmental Law Review