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Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance

Jessica F. Green


This book examines the role of nonstate actors in global environmental politics, arguing that a fuller understanding of their role requires a new way of conceptualizing private authority. It identifies two distinct forms of private authority—one in which states delegate authority to private actors, and another in which entrepreneurial actors generate their own rules, persuading others to adopt them. Drawing on a wealth of empirical evidence spanning a century of environmental rule making, the book shows how the delegation of authority to private actors has played a small but consistent role in ... More

Keywords: nonstate actors, environmental politics, world politics, private authority, multilateral environmental agreements, entrepreneurial authority, climate change, private actors, delegation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157580
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica F. Green, author
Case Western Reserve University