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Oran Young and international institutions

Abstract

Current understandings of global environmental governance owe much to the numerous theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions of Oran Young. Over the course of 50 years, Young has created many of the theories and typologies we use to explain why international environmental institutions form and what types of effects they have and the conditions under which they have them. His contributions have been central to the development of the concepts of institutional dynamics, interplay, and scale. He has made major contributions to environmental policy globally and in the Arctic, both through his own work and by fostering the work of other scholars. This article summarizes the contributions Young has made to the field and introduces the articles in this special issue that honor those contributions.

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Abbreviations

ETS:

Emissions Testing Service

EU:

European Union

IDGEC:

Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

IHDP:

International Human Dimensions Programme

IRD:

International Regimes Database

NGO:

Non-governmental Organization

NSF:

National Science Foundation

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I wish to thank Michele Betsill, Maria Gordon, Franklyn Griffiths, Joyeeta Gupta, Agni Kalfagianni, Leslie King, Gail Osherenko, Carmen Scherkenbach, Falk Schmidt, Heike Schroeder, and Arild Underdal for contributions to and comments on this article as it developed. Remaining errors remain the responsibility of the author.

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Mitchell, R.B. Oran Young and international institutions. Int Environ Agreements 13, 1–14 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10784-012-9200-3

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  • Global environmental governance
  • International regimes
  • Effectiveness