Business and industrial influence

Authored by: Kyla Tienhaara

Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415694209
eBook ISBN: 9780203799055
Adobe ISBN: 9781135090517


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International Relations scholars are beginning to acknowledge the limitations of a state-centered approach to global politics (see Chapter 4). In the sub-field of global environmental politics, much of the new focus on “non-state” actors has been on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) (see Chapter 14); considerably less attention has been paid to business actors (Clapp 2007). Although there have been a number of excellent studies conducted in recent years on the role of corporations in shaping international responses to a diverse range of issues (e.g., climate change, biodiversity, ozone depletion, and trade in hazardous waste), the literature is dominated by only a handful of researchers (Levy and Newell 2005b; Falkner 2008; Clapp and Fuchs 2009).

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