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SOEE5472 Module Reading List

Environmental Policy and Governance, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr James Van Alstine
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Unfortunately, there is no one book that addresses all of the issues that are covered in this course. The following texts provide a useful basis, but further reading, particularly of journal articles, is also required. 



Lecture: Introduction and Policy instruments 1: Environmental Regulations

Seminar: Discuss Lemos and Agrawal (2006)

Key readings (Introduction and overview):

Carter, N. (2007 or 2018) The Politics of the Environment, Cambridge University Press. (Chapter 7)  

Jordan, A. (2008) ‘The governance of sustainable development: taking stock and looking forwards’, Environment and planning. C, Government and policy. ISSN: 0263-774x, 26: 17-33.  

Lemos, C. and Agrawal, A. (2006) ‘Environmental Governance’, Annual review of environment and resources. ISSN: 1543-5938, 31: 297-325.  

Key readings (Policy Instruments 1: Environmental Regulations):

Carter, N. (2007 or 2018) The Politics of the Environment, Cambridge University Press. (Chapter 12)

Holling, C., Meffe, G. (1996) Command and Control and the Pathology of Natural Resource Management. Conservation biology. ISSN: 0888-8892. 10: 2. pp. 328-337.

Additional readings:

Potoski, M. and Prakash, A. (2004). 'The Regulatory Dilemma: Cooperation and Conflict in Environmental Governance', Public administration review. ISSN: 0033-3352, 64 (2): 152-163.

Sinclair, D. (1997). Self-regulation versus command and control? Beyond false dichotomies. Law & policy. ISSN: 0265-8240, 19 (4): 529-559.

Gunningham, N. and Holley, C. (2016) Next-Generation Environmental Regulation: Law, Regulation, and Governance, Annual Review Law Soc. Sci. 12: 273-93.


Lecture: Policy instruments 2: Market-based instruments

Seminar: Discuss Jordan (2005)

Key readings:

Harrington, W., and R. D. Morgenstern (2004). Economic incentives versus command and control: What's the best approach for solving environmental problems? Resources ISSN: 0048-7376, Fall/Winter 13-17.  

Jordan, A., Wurzel, R. K. W. and Zito, A. (2005). 'The Rise of ‘New’ Policy Instruments in Comparative Perspective: Has Governance Eclipsed Government?' Political studies. ISSN: 0032-3217; 1467-9248, 53: 477-496.  

Additional readings:

Goulder, L. H., and I. W. H. Parry (2008). Instrument Choice in Environmental Policy. RFF Discussion Paper RFF DP 08-07.

Hepburn, C. (2006). Regulation by prices, quantities, or both: A review of instrument choice. Oxford review of economic policy. ISSN: 0266-903X, 22 (2): 226-247.

Stavins, R. N. (2003). Market-Based Environmental Policies: What Can We Learn from U.S. Experience (and Related Research)?, RFF Discussion Paper 03–43, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C. [Available at:


Lecture: Policy instruments 3: Information-based instruments

Seminar: No seminar due to MSc Humberside fieldtrip

Key readings:

Mol, A. (2009) Environmental Governance through Information, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 30: 114-129.

Stephan, M. (2002). ‘Environmental information disclosure programs: They work, but why?’, Social science quarterly. ISSN: 0038-4941, 83 (1): 190-205.  

Additional readings:

Blackman, A., Afsah, S. and Ratunanda, D. (2004). 'How Do Public Disclosure Pollution Control Programs Work? Evidence from Indonesia', Human Ecology Review, 11 (3): 235-246. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Gale, F., Ascui, F., and Lovell, H. (2017). ‘Sensing Reality? New Monitoring Technologies for Global Sustainability Standards’, Global environmental politics ISSN: 1526-3800. 17 (2): 65-83.

Gupta, Aarti. (2010) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: A Coming of Age? Global Environmental Politics 10 (3): 1–9.

Jordan, Wurzel, and Zito (2003) ‘New Instruments of Environmental Governance: Patterns and Pathways of Change’, Environmental politics. ISSN: 0964-4016, 12(1): 1-24.

Tietenberg, T. (1998). 'Disclosure Strategies for Pollution Control', Environmental and resource economics. ISSN: 0924-6460, 11 (3-4): 587-602.

Van Alstine J (2014) Transparency in resource governance: the pitfalls and potential of "new oil" in Sub-Saharan Africa, Global environmental politics, 14, pp.20-39.


Lecture: Policy instruments 4: Voluntary instruments

Seminar: Discuss Gunningham and Sinclair (1999)

Key readings:

Blackman, A. and Sisto, N. (2005). Muddling through While Environmental Regulatory Capacity Evolves: What Role for Voluntary Agreements?, RFF Discussion Paper 05-16, Resources for the Future, Washigton, D.C. [Available at:  

Borck, J. and Coglianese, C. (2009) ‘Voluntary Environmental Programs: Assessing Their Effectiveness’, Annual review of environment and resources. ISSN: 1543-5938, 34: 305-329.  

Gunningham, N. and Sinclair, D. (1999) Regulatory Pluralism: Designing Policy Mixes for Environmental Protection. Law & Policy, Vol 21, No 1, pp. 49-76.

Additional readings:

Delmas, M. and Terlaak, A. (2002) Regulatory Commitment to Negotiated Agreements: Evidence from the United States, Germany, The Netherlands and France, Journal of comparative policy analysis. ISSN: 1387-6988: Research and Practice, 4, pp5-29.

Howlett, M. & Rayner, J. (2007) Design Principles for Policy Mixes: Cohesion and Coherence in ‘New Governance Arrangements’, Policy and Society, 26:4, pp.1-18 Available online .

Karamanos, P. (2001). 'Voluntary Environmental Agreements: Evolution and Definition of a New Environmental Policy Approach', Journal of environmental planning and management. ISSN: 0964-0568, 44 (1): 67-84.

Koehler, D., A. (2007). The effectiveness of voluntary environmental programs: A policy at a crossroads? Policy studies journal. ISSN: 0190-292x, 35 (4): 689-722.

Prakash, A., Potoski, M. (2012) Voluntary environmental programs: A comparative perspective, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 31:1, 123-138.


Lecture: Theories of the policy process

Seminar: The governance of air pollution in England

Key readings:

Keeley, J. and Scoones, I. (2000) “Knowledge, Power and Politics: The Environmental Policy-Making Process in Ethiopia”, Journal of modern African studies. ISSN: 0022-278X. Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 89-120.  

Cairney, P. Bog posts on policy processes:  

Ostrom (2011) “Background on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework.” Policy studies journal. ISSN: 0190-292x 39 (1): 7–27  

Additional readings:

Cairney, P. (2012) Understanding Public Policy: theories and issues. Palgrave Macmillan: New York.

Cairney, P. (2013) Standing on the shoulder of giants: How do we combine the insights of multiple theories in public policy studies? Policy studies journal. ISSN: 0190-292x 41 (1): 1-21.

Pahl-Wostle (2009) “A conceptual framework for analysing adaptive capacity and multi-level learning processes in resource governance regimes”, Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780, 19(3): 354-365.

Sabatier, P. (ed.) (2007) Theories of the Policy Process, Cambridge, MA: Westview.

Weible, C. M. (2008) “Expert-Based Information and Policy Subsystems: A Review and Synthesis.” Policy studies journal. ISSN: 0190-292x 36 (4): 615–635.

Weible, Christopher, Paul Sabatier, and Kelly McQueen. 2009. “Themes and Variations: Taking Stock of the Advocacy Coalition Framework.” Policy studies journal. ISSN: 0190-292x 37 (1): 121–41.


Lecture: Global environmental governance

Seminar: A window of opportunity for policy change?

Key readings:

Biermann, F. and Pattberg, P. (2008) ‘Global Environmental Governance: Taking Stock, Moving Forward’, Annual review of environment and resources. ISSN: 1543-5938, 33: 277-294.  

Falkner, R. (2003), ‘Private Environmental Governance and International Relations: Exploring the Links’, Global environmental politics ISSN: 1526-3800, 3(2): 72 – 87.  

Additional readings:

Cashore, B. (2002). Legitimacy and the privatization of environmental governance: How nonstate market driven (NSMD) governance systems gain rule-making authority. Governance. ISSN: 0952-1895, 15 (4): 503-529.

Himley, M. (2008) Geographies of Environmental Governance: The Nexus of Nature and Neoliberalism. Geography compass. ISSN: 1749-8198. 2 (2): 433-451.

Paavola, J. (2007) Institutions and environmental governance: A reconceptualization. Ecological economics. ISSN: 0921-8009 63: 93-103.

Rhodes, R.A.W. (1996), ‘The New Governance: Governing without Government’, Political studies. ISSN: 0032-3217; 1467-9248, XLIV: 652-667.

Stoker, G. (1998) ‘Governance as Theory: Five Propositions’ International social science journal. ISSN: 0020-8701. 50(155): 17-28.

Young, O.R. (2008) ‘The Architecture of Global Environmental Governance: Bringing Science to Bear on Policy’, Global environmental politics ISSN: 1526-3800, 8(1): 14-32.


Lecture: Multi-scale environmental governance

Seminar: Implementing the Paris Agreement in Africa

Key readings:

Cash, D. W., W. N. Adger, F. Berkes, P. Garden, L. Lebel, P. Olsson, L. Pritchard, and O. Young. (2006). ‘Scale and cross-scale dynamics: governance and information in a multilevel world.’ Ecology and society [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1708-3087 11(2):8.  

McCarthy, J. (2005) ‘Scale, Sovereignty, and Strategy in Environmental Governance. Antipode. ISSN: 0066-4812. 37(4): 731-753.  

Termeer et al (2010) ‘Disentangling Scale Approaches in Governance Research: Comparing Monocentric, Multilevel, and Adaptive Governance’, Ecology and society [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1708-3087, 15(4): 29.  

Additional readings:

Adger, W.N., Brown, K., Fairbrass, J., Jordan, A., Paavola, J., Rosendo, S. and Seyfang, G. (2003) `Governance for sustainability: towards a 'thick' analysis of environmental decision making’, Environment and planning. A, Environment and planning. ISSN: 0308-518x, 35(6):1095 – 1110.

Andonova, L.B., Mitchell, R.B. (2010) ‘The Rescaling of Global Environmental Politics’, Annual review of environment and resources. ISSN: 1543-5938, 35:255-282.

Bulkeley, H. (2005) ‘Reconfiguring environmental governance: Towards a politics of scales and networks’. Political geography. ISSN: 0962-6298. 24: 875-902.

Cox, K. (1998) Spaces of dependence, spaces of engagement and the politics of scale, or: looking for local politics, Political geography, 17(1): 1-23.

Jordan, A., H. Van Asselt, F. Berkhout, and T. Rayner. (2012) “Understanding the Paradoxes of Multi-level Governing: Climate Change Policy in the European Union.” Global environmental politics ISSN: 1526-3800 12 (2): 43–66.

Paavola J (2015) Multi-Level Environmental Governance: Exploring the Economic Explanations, Environmental policy and governance. ISSN: 1756-932x, doi: 10.1002/eet.1698


Lecture: Agency in environmental governance

Seminar: Conservation and Development

Key readings:

Garavan, M. (2007) ‘Resisting the costs of ‘development’: local environmental activism in Ireland’, Environmental politics. ISSN: 0964-4016, 16(5): 844-863.  

Irvin, R. A., and J. Stansbury (2004). Citizen participation in decision making: Is it worth the effort? Public administration review. ISSN: 0033-3352, 64 (1): 55-65.  

Wilson, E., Schwarte, C., Cotula, L., Garside,B. and Siegele, L. (2009) Taking control: how citizens can hold industry to account. IIED Briefing Papers. International Institute for Environment and Development. London. Available at:  

Additional readings:

Bulkeley, H., and A. P. J. Mol (2003). Participation and environmental governance: Consensus, ambivalence and debate. Environmental values. ISSN: 0963-2719, 12 (2): 143-154.

O’Faircheallaigh, C. and Corbett, T. (2005) ‘Indigenous Participation in Environmental Management of Mining Projects: The Role of Negotiated Agreements’, Environmental politics. ISSN: 0964-4016, 14(5): 629-647.

Rydin, Y., & Pennington, M. 2000. Public participation and local environmental planning: the collective action problem and the potential of social capital. Local Environment. 5(2), 153–169.

Van Alstine J; Manyindo J; Smith L; Dixon J; AmanigaRuhanga I (2014) Resource governance dynamics: The challenge of 'new oil' in Uganda, Resources policy. ISSN: 0301-4207, 40, pp.48-58.


Lecture: Risk, science and the contestation of knowledge in environmental governance

Seminar: Civic environmentalism – analysing case studies

Key readings:

Bäckstrand, K. (2003) Civic Science for Sustainability: Reframing the Role of Experts, Policy-Makers and Citizens in Environmental Governance. Global environmental politics ISSN: 1526-3800, 3(4): 24-40.  

Jasanoff, S (1999) The songlines of risk. Environmental values. ISSN: 0963-2719 8: 135-152.  

Additional readings:

Chilvers J, (2008) "Environmental risk, uncertainty, and participation: mapping an emergent epistemic community" Environment and planning. A, Environment and planning. ISSN: 0308-518x 40(12) 2990 – 3008

Gouldson A, Bebbington J, (2007) "Corporations and the governance of environmental risk" Environment and planning. C, Government and policy. ISSN: 0263-774x, 25(1) 4 – 20

Gulbrandsen, L.H. (2008) ‘The Role of Science in Environmental Governance: Competing Knowledge Producers in Swedish and Norwegian Forestry’, Global environmental politics ISSN: 1526-3800, 8(2): 99-122

Leach M, (2008) "Pathways to Sustainability in the forest? Misunderstood dynamics and the negotiation of knowledge, power, and policy" Environment and planning. A, Environment and planning 40(8) 1783 – 1795

Owens S, Petts J, Bulkeley H, (2006) "Boundary work: knowledge, policy, and the urban environment" Environment and planning. C, Government and policy 24(5): 633 – 643


Lecture: Environmental policy and governance in the Anthropocene

Seminar: Exam prep

Key readings:

Griggs, D. et al (2013) ‘Policy: Sustainable development goals for people and planet’, Nature. ISSN: 0028-0836; 1476-4687, 495: 305-307.  

Raworth, K. (2012) ‘A safe and just space for humanity: can we live within the doughnut?’ Oxfam discussion paper, February.  Available from:

Steffen, W. et al (2015) ‘Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet’, Science. ISSN: 0036-8075; 1095-9203, 347(6223).  

Additional readings:

Leach, M. et al (2012) ‘Transforming innovation for sustainability’, Ecology and society [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1708-3087, 17(2): 11.

Lövbrand, E., Beck, S., Chilvers, J., Forsyth, T., Hedrén, J. et al. (2015) “Who speaks for the future of Earth?: how critical social science can extend the conversation on the Anthropocene.” Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780, 32: 211-218

Steffen, W. et al (2011) ‘The Anthropocene: From Global Change to Planetary Stewardship’, Ambio : a journal of the human environment. ISSN: 0044-7447; 1654-7209, 40(7): 739-761.

Westley, F. et al (2011) ‘Tipping Toward Sustainability: Emerging Pathways of Transformation’, Ambio : a journal of the human environment, 40(7): 762-780.

This list was last updated on 14/10/2019