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INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION: POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY IN PACIFIC ASIA

Paul G. Harris. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, 2003. (405) 324-3198. cdwyer@ou.edu. 320 pp. $29.95 Hardbound.

In International Environmental Cooperation: Politics and Diplomacy in Pacific Asia Paul G. Harris examines studies on international environmental polities and regional development, industry, and growth in Pacific Asia. The first section of the book examines many of the issues and actors impacting international environmental cooperation, highlighting themes such as cooperation between developed and developing countries, international justice, and regional environmental security. This section also illustrates key features of specific multilateral environmental agreements and the competing interests of important national bodies, international organizations, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental entities. The second section focuses on environmental diplomacy and regime-building in Pacific Asia, examining issues such as acid rain, nuclear waste, deforestation, and conflict over regional seas. Contributors from Asia, Europe, and North America bring an international perspective to questions of environmental cooperation.

Paul G. Harris is an associate professor of politics at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and a senior lecturer in international relations at London Metropolitan University. His books include International Equity and Global Environmental Politics, The Environment, International Relations, and US. Foreign Policy, and Climate Change and American Foreign Policy.

LEADERS AND LAGGARDS: NEXT-GENERATION ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION

Neil Gunningham and Darren Sinclair. Sheffield, U.K.: Greenleaf Publishing, 2002. (44)-114-282-3475. Aizlewood Business Centre, Aizlewood's Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG, U.K. info@greenleaf-publishing.com. www.greenleaf-publishing.com. 224 pp. $65.00 Hardbound. $32.00 Softbound.

Leaders and Laggards: Next-Generation Environmental Regulation aims to complement existing environmental initiatives and to expand the knowledge of regulatory reform. Leaders and Laggards focuses primarily on the differing requirements for both corporations and small-and medium-sized enterprises in North America and Europe. Gunningham and Sinclair show how existing experience can best be put to practical use 'on the ground,' draw lessons from experiments in innovative regulation internationally, and report and extrapolate on original case studies. The authors argue that the development of theory has outstripped its application. In essence, Leaders and Laggards alms to make practical the theoretical reinvention of environmental regulation.

Neil Gunningham is with the School of Resources, Environment, and Society, the Regulatory Institutions Network, and the School of Social Sciences at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Darren Sinclair is at the Australian Centre for Environmental Law in Canberra, Australia.

INDIAN RESERVED WATER RIGHTS: THE WINTERS DOCTRINE IN ITS SOCIAL AND LEGAL CONTEXT, 1880s-1930s.

John Shurts. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003. 405-325-2291. 4100 28th Avenue N.W., Norman, Oklahoma 73609-8218. www.ou.edu/oupress. 352 pp. $21.95 Softbound.

Indian Reserved Water Rights: The Winters Doctrine in its Social and Legal Context, 1880s-1930s is the first book-length historical study of Winters v. United States (1) and its early effects. In Winters, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling guaranteeing the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes reserved water rights in the Milk River. Based on the 1888 treaty that had created the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana, the Winters decision has controversially influenced American Indian water rights and western development ever since.

In Indian Reserved Water Rights, John Shurts demonstrates how the case fit well within the existing legal context and ongoing water development in the Milk River Valley. He also analyzes the early years of the Winters doctrine, primarily by examining water rights on Utah's Uintah Reservation, showing that, contrary to what has been understood, the doctrine had a lively existence early on.

John Shurts is the General Counsel of the Northwest Power Planning Council and Adjunct Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

(1) 207 U.S. 564 (1908).
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