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Part VI Actors and Institutions, Ch.34 Epistemic Communities

Peter Haas

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law

Edited By: Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 October 2020

As the world becomes more globalized, decision-makers grow uncertain about what their interests are and how best to achieve them, and ideas become increasingly important as maps or frames for decision-makers in an unfamiliar setting. With the end of the Cold War, decision-makers cannot rely on geopolitical doctrines as a guide for various areas of foreign policy and international practice. The environment provides a telling issue area in which to address the role of ideas in an increasingly uncertain global policy context. This chapter looks at the concept of...
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