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What We Know (and Could Know) about International Environmental Agreements

Mitchell, R.B., Andonova, L.B., Axelrod, M., Balsiger, J., Bernauer, T., Green, J.F., Hollway, J., Kim, R.E., and Morin, J.F. 2020. What We Know (and Could Know) about International Environmental Agreements. Global Environmental Politics, 20: 103-121.

Abstract

Initiated in 2002, the International Environmental Agreements Data Base (IEADB) catalogs the texts, memberships, and design features of over 3,000 multilateral and bilateral environmental agreements. Using IEADB data, we create a comprehensive review of the evolution of international environmental law, including how the number, subjects, and state memberships in IEAs have changed over time. By providing IEA texts, the IEADB helps scholars identify and systematically code IEA design features. We review scholarship derived from the IEADB on international environmental governance, including insights into IEA membership, formation, and design as well as the deeper structure of international environmental law. We note the IEADB’s value as a teaching tool to promote undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The IEADB’s structure and content opens up both broad research realms and specific research questions, and facilitates the ability of scholars to use the IEADB to answer those questions of greatest interest to them.

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