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Conflicts in Environmental Regulation and the Internationalisation of the State: Contested Terrains.

Conflicts in Environmental Regulation and the Internationalisation of the State: Contested Terrains. Ulrich Brand, Christoph Gorg, Joachim Hirsch and Markus Wissen. Routledge, [pound sterling]70.00. xiv 4-278 pages. ISBN 978-0-415-45513-8. The relationship between environmental problems and socio-political and economic problems is as obvious as it is complex. It is as much a problem (if not more) for developing countries. This has resulted in a range of 'contested terrains' in the years after the Convention on Biological Diversity which came into force in 1993. This study, written by a team of Austro-German scholars, looks at the conflicts 'concerning the appropriation of genetic resources', that is those resources which encompass 'not only the variety of species but also the diversity of ecosystems as well as the hereditary characteristics of plants and animals'. The authors look at the effect of social changes and the internationalisation of government on these genetic resources. Having defined their terms and assumptions and having looked again at the CBD, the authors examine biological diversity in agriculture and international conflicts. They look at Mexico as a case study and then consider the future relationship between politics and regulation. (P.W.W.)
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Date:Jun 22, 2009
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