This book provides an in-depth analysis of global environmental governance in the Anthropocene in the context of transformative environmental change and of the realities of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It explores the dynamic ways that global to local actors, institutions and norms relate to regional and local environmental policy, histories and contexts, and how this shapes future environmental outcomes for some of the most biodiverse regions of the planet.
Global Environmental Governance and Small States fills a gap in the existing international relations and environmental governance literature. It explains how and where regional and local social, economic, geophysical, legal and historical contexts interact with global environmental governance architectures, norms and state and non-state actors, to determine the nature of SIDS' environmental perspectives, responses and policies. Using the Anthropocene as the historical context, the volume examines the most pressing issues for small states' perspectives and international responses to environmental challenges. Key among these are those associated with climate change, tourism, marine governance, energy security, cultural heritage and trade.
This book will be an invaluable tool for academics and scholars of international relations, international politics, global environmental governance, international development, Caribbean affairs and regional governance. Its insights will also be of benefit for diplomats, development partners, policymakers and political actors working with and in Caribbean States, and SIDS, more widely.
'Michelle Scobie has written an exhilarating and compact book that is quite astonishing it its achievement.'
– The Criminal Lawyer
'Michelle Scobie's new book, Global Environmental Governance and Small States explores how global institutions and norms become relevant, absorbed and adapted to local development priorities, norms and culture in the CARICOM region. Filling a crucial gap in the existing literature on global environmental governance, Scobie critically analyses environmental governance challenges for Small Island Development States and convincingly argues for solutions that are scale, place and culture appropriate. A timely and much-needed addition to the emerging "southern perspective" on global environmental governance.'
– Philipp H. Pattberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Michelle Scobie, Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.