Special Issue "Global Governance and the Environments"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jeongsoo Yu
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Guest Editor
Department of International Environment and Resources Policy, Division of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8576, Japan
Interests: environmental policy; waste management and recycling; sustainable development
Prof. Dr. Ryo Ikeda
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Guest Editor
Department of International Politics and Economy, Division of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8576, Japan
Interests: international history; international relations; decolonization and the cold war

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the contemporary world, growing attention is being directed toward how to address environmental issues. Because these issues are transboundary by nature and thus require transboundary solutions, each related issue is increasingly interwoven with others. In the absence of a global government, global governance that encompasses international regimes, each of which deals with a single issue, is needed more than ever. These issues inevitably complicate international relations and generate conflicts. The climate crisis caused by global warming, for instance, has stimulated the transformation of the oil industry as well as the spread of the use of renewable energy and next-generation vehicles. Global warming has also caused the so-called Northern Sea Route problem, which is intensifying conflict between interested countries such as Russia and Western nations. The lack of water resources has led to regional conflicts in the developing world. No one doubts the necessity of policy coordination at the global level, hence the establishment of effective global governance. More so than in the past, the diversification of environmental issues, as is true with other global issues, has illuminated the roles of non-state actors and international organizations, including the United Nations.

The end of the Cold War brought economic globalization and the spread of democracy. Increasing economic globalization prompted the widening of the income gap in both developed and developing nations. Intensifying polarization gave birth to populist tendencies in many countries. In the framework of global governance, the tendency toward populism in developed countries made international coordination among nations more difficult. The withdrawal of the Trump Administration from the Paris Agreement on climate change exemplifies this tendency. Consequently, attention needs to be focused on the importance of sovereign states in coordinating interests at both the international and domestic levels.

This Special Issue considers “Global Governance and the Environments”. Both “environments” and “global governance” should be defined broadly. The roles of international organizations should be included. How can multilayered governance be coordinated and secured on each issue while satisfying the popular demands in democratic countries? Envisioning effective global governance is imperative in the contemporary world in which environmental issues pose serious challenges. This Special Issue calls for contributions from various cross-border academic fields, to include case studies on global environmental issues, international attempts to address such issues, and policy proposals on effective global governance. Specifically, this Special Issue is directed toward providing international organizations, governments, municipalities, private companies, citizens, and scholars with useful knowledge on how to confront global environmental challenges.

Prof. Dr. Jeongsoo Yu
Prof. Dr. Ryo Ikeda
Guest Editors

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  • climate crisis
  • circular economy
  • ocean pollution
  • basel convention
  • waste plastic
  • Northern Sea Route
  • renewable energy
  • next-generation vehicles
  • natural disaster
  • SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

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