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Rosemary Foot, S. Neil MacFarlane, and Michael Mastanduno

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261437

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199261431.001.0001

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Looking Beyond the ‘K‐Word’: Embedded Multilateralism in American Foreign Environmental Policy

Looking Beyond the ‘K‐Word’: Embedded Multilateralism in American Foreign Environmental Policy

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(p.139) 6 Looking Beyond the ‘K‐Word’: Embedded Multilateralism in American Foreign Environmental Policy
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US Hegemony and International Organizations
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Stephen Hopgood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199261431.003.0007

Presents an analysis of multilateralism in American foreign environmental policy, focusing on the issues of ozone depletion, climate change, and biodiversity, and arguing that the evolution of US perspectives on environmental multilateralism reflects a fundamental split in the US policy arena. On one side are activists who seek to promote multilateral regulation of environmental issues and to deepen the US role therein. On the other hand are the sceptics, hostile to state and international regulation of environmental issues and preferring market solutions. The author suggests that, although sceptics have scored repeated short‐term successes, the longer‐term momentum favours the activists, and the US is gradually becoming more deeply embedded in multilateral environmental regimes.

Keywords:   activists, biodiversity, climate change, environmental multilateralism, environmental policy, multilateral environmental regimes, multilateralism, ozone depletion, sceptics, US, US environmental policy

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