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MIT Press Book Series

The MIT Press is one of several Book Series’ edited by scholars of the Earth System Governance Project. The Series is designed to address the research challenge of earth system governance. Books in this series will pursue this challenge from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, at different levels of governance, and with a plurality of methods. Yet all will further one common aim: analyzing current systems of earth system governance with a view to increased understanding and possible improvements and reform. Books in this series will be of interest to the academic community but will also inform practitioners and at times contribute to policy debates. Find the other book series categories below.

Learning in Governance: Climate Policy Integration in the European Union

An investigation of the role of learning and its impact on policy change, as exemplified in European Union climate policy…

Certifying China: The Rise and Limits of Transnational Sustainability Governance in Emerging Economies

A comprehensive study of the growth, potential, and limits of transnational eco-certification in China and the implications for other emerging…

Forgotten Values. The World Bank and Environmental Partnerships

Multi-stakeholder partnerships have become an increasingly common form of global governance. Partnerships, usually between international organizations (IOs) or state agencies…

Alternatives to Multilateralism: New Forms of Social and Environmental Governance

The effects of globalization on governance are complex and uncertain. As markets integrate, governments have become increasingly hesitant to enforce…

Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap

An examination of whether accountability mechanisms in global environmental governance that focus on monitoring and enforcement necessarily lead to better…

Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for…

Governing Complex Systems. Social Capital for the Anthropocene

The onset of the Anthropocene, an era in which human actions have become major drivers of change on a planetary…

Dirty Gold. How Activism Transformed the Jewelry Industry

Gold mining can be a dirty business. It creates immense amounts of toxic materials that are difficult to dispose of.…

New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene

Humanity’s collective impact on the Earth is vast. The rate and scale of human-driven environmental destruction is quickly outstripping our…