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Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries: Transnational Relations and Biodiversity Policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia (Hardcover)

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In the absence of world government, effective national policy isessential to the success of international environmental initiatives. Yet research onglobal environmental cooperation has proceeded without models of policy change indeveloping countries, where most of the world's people, land, and species are found.In this book Paul Steinberg provides a theoretical framework to explain the domesticresponses of developing countries to global environmental concerns. Drawing onextensive field research, he traces the evolution of public policies to protectbiological diversity in Costa Rica and Bolivia over the past four decades, tounderstand how these countries emerged as leaders in tropical conservation and howinternational institutions might support similar outcomes in othercountries.Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries explodes the myth thatdeveloping countries are too preoccupied with short-term economic growth andmaterial survival to devote attention to global environmental concerns. Instead itoffers a nuanced account of complex, decades-long efforts to create effectiveinstitutions, and analyzes the relative roles of foreign and domestic actors in thisprocess.



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ISBN: 9780262194655
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
Publication Date: November 1st, 2001
Pages: 272