Co-operative Environmental Governance

Public-Private Agreements as a Policy Strategy

  • Pieter Glasbergen

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Question of Environmental Governance

    1. Pieter Glasbergen
      Pages 1-18
  3. Conceptualizations

  4. Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Betty Gebers
      Pages 91-109
    3. Akim Seyad, Steven Baeke, Marc de Clercq
      Pages 111-132
    4. Pieter Glasbergen
      Pages 133-156
    5. Heidi Bergmann, Karl Ludwig Brockmann, Klaus Rennings
      Pages 157-177
    6. Martin Enevoldsen
      Pages 201-226
  5. Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Andrew Blowers
      Pages 229-249
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-294

About this book


New philosophies of environmental management are being put to the test in many countries.· New ideas are needed to replace or at least flank the old command and control approach, which has lost its credibility. One of the most interesting new avenues is co-operative environmental management, whereby public and private parties work together to tackle a problem. It is interesting because it seems to be well suited to handling complex environmental problems. This kind of management makes use of the policy instrument known as the Environmental Agreement. That tool is geared to the development of sustainable procedures for working out solutions. The Environmental Agreement provides scope to deal with some essential characteristics of current environmental problems. Indeed, one of the most vexing aspects of environmental problems is uncertainty, both in the ecological sphere and with respect to the economic effects of intervention. In short, this instrument takes the unknown into account.


Governance Government Policy democracy environment environmental policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Pieter Glasbergen
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5149-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5143-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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