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A környezeti közjavak válsága és a globális kormányzás kihívásai
Crisis of Environmental Public Goods and Challenges of Global Governance

Author(s): Zsolt Boda
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete

Summary/Abstract: The global environmental crisis forces us to change our way of life. The ecological crisis is not a technical problem, that is, it cannot be reduced to some well-formulated and easily solvable dilemmas. The challenge we face is a truly political one: we have to change our social institutions, including norms, values and modes of operations of the society. The challenge is also a global one, as the ecological crisis itself, and its roots as well. However, the lack of global political authority makes this challenge particularly difficult. How can the states, and other global actors, like companies or NGOs work out and enforce legitimate norms that can govern the much needed institutional change? How can this global collective action problem be solved? The first possible solution is the political one: international institutions, and intergovernmental cooperation. However, existing institutions are obviously too weak to meet the challenge. The second possible solution is the privatization of the global commons. Indeed, the market seems to play a growing role in managing global environmental commons. The third one is the ethical self regulation of the global society, which is exemplified by the activity of the global civil society.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-20
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Hungarian