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2 - Conceptualizing Agency and Agents in Earth System Governance

from Part One - Introduction and Overview

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2020

Michele M. Betsill
Affiliation:
Colorado State University
Tabitha M. Benney
Affiliation:
University of Utah
Andrea K. Gerlak
Affiliation:
University of Arizona
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− ESG–Agency scholarship highlights the fragmented, expanding, and complex forms of authority that prescribe, steer, and govern behaviour on environmental issues. − Agency scholarship on earth system governance covers interdisciplinary debates in four broad areas: the types of agents, the ways authority is exercised, the nature of agents’ influence, and the varieties of governance structures or architectures within which agents act.− Even with increasing scholarship into the fragmentation of authority and multiplication of the types agents to include nonstate, transnational, and subnational actors, states continue to be the centre of agency scholarship. Future research is needed on agency theory and the theoretical nature of relationships between actors and within differing geographic, economic, and political contexts.

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Print publication year: 2020

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