Newsletter April 1994


The annual business meeting of ESS was held on March 31, 1994 at the ISA convention in Washington, DC, with section chair Barbara Jancar-Webster (SUNY-Brockport) presiding. Thirty-six section members were present.

Newly elected members of the Executive Committee, whose terms expire in 1996, are:
Marc Levy (Princeton University)
Dimitris Stevis (Colorado State University)
Catherine Tinker (University of South Dakota)

Carry-over members, whose terms expire in 1994, are:
Vicki Golich (University of California at San Marcos)
Philippe Le Prestre (University of Quebec at Montreal)
Veronica Ward (Utah State University)
Elected members of the Nominating Committee for 1995 are:

Veronica Ward, chair (Utah State University)
Thomas Princen (University of Michigan)
Marvin Soroos (North Carolina State University)
It was decided that the Sprout Award Committee should have five members with staggered two-year terms to provide continuity.

Three new members were elected to two-year terms that will end in 1996.
Vicki Golich
Michael Maniates (Allegheny College)
Dimitris Stevis
Carry-over members whose terms will end in 1995 are:
Hans Bruyninckx (Colorado State University)
Philippe Le Prestre, chair

The section will allocate up to $1000 of its surplus funds to provide travel support for North American junior members of ESS to attend next year’s ISA meetings in Chicago. The awards will go to scholars who are either ABD or received their Ph.D. degrees within the past four years.


The 1995 meetings of ISA will be held in Chicago, IL, February 21-25. The overall theme for the meetings will be “Beyond Sovereignty: Challenges and Responses in a Changing World.”

In conjunction with this theme, ESS is being invited to propose a theme panel related to the topic of “Ecological Crises.” If you are developing a panel for next year’s program that could be a theme panel, please indicate this possibility when you submit it to Barbara Jancar-Webster.

The following list of prospective panel topics was drawn up at the ESS business meeting, although other proposals will be con- sidered for ESS sponsored panels.

-Situating the Environmental Movement in a Historical and Comparative Perspective
-Modelling the Human Impact on the Environment
-The UN and International Law as Applied to Environmental Issues
-Environmental Degradation and Regional Conflict
-Trade and the Environment
-Multilateral Development Banks and the Environment
-Sovereignty and Environmental Issues
-Environmental Regime Database
-Studies of the Effectiveness of International Environmen- tal Regimes
-Organizational Development and the Environment
-Environmental Justice and Human Rights
-Teaching Global Environmental Politics and Policy
-Regional Implications of NAFTA

Tom Princen is seeking papers for a panel to be jointly submitted to ESS and the International Political Economy Section on the topic “Transnational Capital and the Environment: Positive or Negative?” He would like to seek papers that are empirical, theoretical, and include a review of the literature. Princen’s E-mail address is:
Paper and panel proposals must be submitted to Barbara Jancar- Webster by June 1, 1994 if they are to be given full con- sideration of ESS-sponsored panels. Please note that this deadline is earlier than usual because of the February dates of the ISA meeting. Priority will be given to paper proposals that include an abstract, reflect the research agenda of the proposer, and relate explicitly to the theme of “Beyond Sovereignty.” They should be submitted to:
Barbara Jancar-Webster
Donovan Farm
Chestertown, NY 12817
Fax: 518-494-4442

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Two books were co-winners of the 1994 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the most significant contribution to the literature on international or comparative environmental politics. They are:

Oran Young and Gail Osherenko, eds., Polar Politics: Creating International Environmental Regimes. Cornell University Press, 1993, 277pp, $36.50 cloth, $27.50 paper.

Van Dyke, Jon, Durwood Zaelke, and Hewison Grant (eds.) Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century: Ocean Governance and Environ- mental Harmony. Island Press, 430pp, 1993, $55 cloth, $27.50 paper.

The Sprout Award Committee, chaired by Leonard Hirsch (Smithsonian Institution), considered forty books, twelve of which were the primary contenders.


The first annual open meeting of the human dimensions of global environmental change community will be held at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, on May 18-21, 1995. It is being sponsored by the Social Science Research Council’s Committee for Research on Global Environmental Change and by the International Social Science Council, with a supporting grant from the National Science Foundation. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together the growing human dimensions community to promote exchanges of information on current research, teaching, and out- reach and to promote networking in this new field. There will be seminars, presentations, poster sessions and a job registry. The themes for the conference are (1) human migration and global environmental change; (2) property rights, land use, and global change; (3) contemporary societies and global change: risk assessment, decisions, and learning; and (4) other leading research, teaching and policy areas. For further information and instructions on proposing papers and panels, registration, con- tact the Global Environmental Change Program, Social Science Research Council, 605 Third Avenue, New York NY 10158; phone 212- 661-0280; fax 212-370-7896; E-mail or .

Detlef Sprinz and Tapani Vaahtoranta, “International Environmen- tal Policy,” International Organization, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Winter 1994), pp. 77-106.


Environment and Security is a new peer reviewed, inter- disciplinary social scientific journal sponsored by the Interna- tional Consortium for the Study of Environmental Security. It will be published three times a year beginning in the fall 1994. The journal is devoted to the analysis of environmental forms of insecurity and the national and international efforts being made to address them. The following types of submissions are being sought in either English or French: scholarly articles, research notes, bibliographical essays, and book reviews. Submissions should be sent to the editor, ESS member Philippe Le Prestre, Departement de science politique, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, C.P. 8888, Succursale centre ville, Montreal (Qc) H3C 3P8, CANADA; E-mail . Inquires about subscriptions and advertising should be directed to Les Editions du Meridien, 1977 boulevard Industriel, Chomedey, Laval (Qc) CANADA H7S 1P6.

CIESIN (the Consortium for International Earth Science Informa- tion Network) has begun publishing a new quarterly publication entitled Human Dimensions Quarterly. It is intended to increase interest and involvement in human dimensions research and to serve as the “journal of record” for the endeavor. Regular fea- tures will include news and opportunities within national and international programs; program profiles describing individual or group efforts within the social sciences; topical and bibliographic reviews that focus on individual disciplines; sec- tions on modeling, available data sets, and Geographic Informa- tion Systems listings; brief reviews of relevant publications; references to the HumanDimensions e-mail calendar of coming events; and a special, removable insert featuring graphic and tabular data that summarize key points intended for reference purposes and designed for easy reproduction for classroom use. To receive copies, contact CIESIN, 2250 Pierce Road, University Center, MI 48710; phone 517-979-2700; fax: 517-797-2622.

The Journal of Environment @ Development, which is published semi-annually, invites ESS members to submit quality articles, policy analyses, regional reports, conference reports, and book reviews. Submissions should be send to Kal Raustiala, Editor, Journal of Environment and Development, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0519. Submissions should include a disc copy in WORD 5.0 and be in endnote form. A one-year subscription in $25. Inquires on submissions and subscriptions can be made by phone (619-534-7617) or E-mail .

Surviving Together is a quarterly journal devoted to cooperative efforts to support civil and sustainable societies in Eurasia. Its articles examine the complex nature of the transition now taking place in the states of the region and the multifaceted relationship between Americans and the peoples of Eurasia. It highlights practical projects in the areas of environment, health, sustainable economics and agriculture, technical assistance, women’s issues, empowerment of indigenous peoples, and the development of civil society. Recent issues have included a series of articles by ESS member Natalia Mirovitskaya on women in post-Soviet society. Subscriptions are $25 for individuals and $15 for students. For further information, contact ISAR, 1601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20009.

The quarterly Journal of Environment Planning and Management focuses on the integrated planning and management of environmen- tal resources. Topics covered encompass applied research, the application of new approaches and techniques, and the evaluation of policy and practice. Contributions from integrated and cross- disciplinary research teams and from policy makers and prac- titioners are welcome. Subscriptions are $88 for individuals. Subscriptions or requests for a sample copy can be directed to Carfax Publishing Co., PO. Box 2025, Dunnellon, Florida 34430- 2025; fax 904-489-6996.

Carfax Publishing Co. also publishes the quarterly International Journal of Water Resources Development, edited by Asit K. Biswas, which covers all aspects of water development and management in both industrialized and Third World countries. Subscriptions are $60 for individuals.

The January 1993 ESS Newsletter ran a section on text pos- sibilities, most of which were single or jointly authored books. Hurrell and Kingsbury’s The International Politics of the Environment was the only edited volume in the group. A number of anthologies have been published during the past two years which could also be candidates for text adoptions for courses on the subjects of international environmental politics, law, regimes, and institutions. It may also be noted that much of the innova- tive thought and current research in the field is appearing first in books such as these. The following are several general pur- pose anthologies that have come to the attention of the editor.

Nazli Choucri, ed. Global Accord: Environmental Challenges and International Responses, MIT Press, 1993, 562p, $50 cloth.

The stated purpose of this book is “to articulate the elements of a framework for the international politics of global environmen- tal change” that comes to grips with the complex interconnections between natural and social systems. For the most part, the col- lection of articles is more abstract, analytical, and scientific in approach than the other books listed here. This is a chal- lenging book that offers a wealth of generalizations, insights, and new perspectives. (graduate)

Peter M. Haas, Robert O. Keohane, and Marc A. Levy, eds. Institu- tions for the Earth: Sources of International Environmental Protection. MIT Press., 1993, 448p, $37.50 cloth, $19.95 paper.

This book contains an excellent series of case studies that seek to assess the effectiveness of international environmental institutions and explain why some are more successful than others. The topics of the case studies are (1) ozone depletion, (2) European acid rain, (3) pollution of the Baltic and North Seas, (4) marine oil pollution, (5) depletion of international fisheries, (6) pesticide use in developing countries, and (7) world population growth. The case studies are rich in historical detail on the evolution of the problems and the institutions that address them. Some of the case studies are arguably the best available chapter-length treatments of the institutions (regimes) they describe. (graduate or advanced undergraduate)

Sheldon Kamieniecki, ed. Environmental Politics in the Interna- tional Arena: Movements, Parties, Organizations, and Policy. SUNY Press, 1993. 291 p, $59.50 cloth, $19.95 paper

This collection of articles emphasizes the relationship between national and international politics, with articles on environmen- tal movements and the green party phenomenon, as well as interna- tional organizations, law, and conflict resolution. It includes of section of articles on the evolution of environmental policies and policies in the European Community, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and Asia. A concluding essay by Rosenau discusses the impact of environmental trends on the underlying nature of world politics. (undergraduate and graduate)

Ronnie D. Lipschutz and Ken Conca, eds. The State and Social Power in Global Environmental Politics, Columbia University Press, 1993, 363p, $17.

This book contains an eclectic and thought-provoking collection of essays that probe the phenomenon of global ecological inter- dependence, with emphasis on how traditional power structures are undergoing a transformation as new actors such as social move- ments and nongovernmental organizations play an increasing role in efforts to address environmental problems at local, national, and global levels. There is an unconventional quality to the selection of essays and the perspectives they develop, which many readers will find refreshingly different and renders this book a unique contribution to the field. (undergraduate and graduate)

Gunnar Sjostedt, ed. International Environmental Negotiation. Sage Publications, 1993, 344 p., $45 cloth.

As the title suggests, this volume focuses on the process of negotiating international environmental agreements. It is a product of the Processes of International Negotiation Project of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. In addition to essays on more general subjects related to environ- mental negotiations, the book includes case studies on efforts to address specific problems, such as the ozone layer, trade in hazardous wastes, the nuclear industry, aid rain, the Mediter- ranean, the Rhine, the Sahel, biodiversity, and the law of the sea. (graduate)

Edith Brown Weiss, ed. Environmental Change and
Oran R. Young and Gail Osherenko, eds. Polar Politics: Creating International Environmental Regimes. Cornell University Press, 1993, 276pp, $36.50 cloth, $27.50 paper.

This co-winner of the 1994 Sprout Award is broader in content than its title suggests. It is the product of an international research project based at Dartmouth College that tested various hypotheses pertaining to the creation of environmental regimes by means of in-depth case studies on (1) North Pacific fur seas, (2) the Svalbard Archipelago, (3) polar bears, (4) the stratospheric ozone layer, and (5) Arctic haze and transboundary air pollution. An introductory chapter elaborates the theoretical framework applied in the case studies; a concluding chapter summarizes and synthesizes the findings. (graduate)

Gunnar Sjostedt, Uno Svedin, and Britt Hagerhall Aniansson, eds. International Environmental Negotiations: Processes, Issues, and Contexts. Stockholm: Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 1993, 281p.

Lawrence E. Susskind, Eric Jay Dolin, and J. William Breslin (eds.). International Environmental Treaty Making. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law School, 1992., 192p, $15 paper.

Abernathy, Virginia. Population Politics: The Choices that Shape Our Future. Plenum Press, 1993, 350 p., $26.50.

Aiken, S. Robert, & Leigh, Colin H. Vanishing Rain Forests: The Ecological Transition in Malaysia. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992, 194 p., $75.00.

Ayres, Robert & Simonis, Udo (eds.). Industrial Metabolism: Restructuring for Sustainable Development. UNIPUB, 1994, 376 p., $35.00.

Birnie, Patricia, & Boyle Alan. International Law and the Environment. Oxford Press, 1992, 563 p., $45.00.

Brookfield, Harold, & Byron, Yvonne (eds.). South-East Asia’s Environmental Future. UN University Press, 1993, $40.00.

Couper, Alastair, Gold, Edgar, & Vanchiswar, P.S. (eds.). The Marine Environment and Sustainable Development: Law, Policy, and Science. Law of the Sea Institute, 1993, 688 p., $58.00.

Coward, Howard & Hurka, Thomas. Ethics and Climate Change: The Greenhouse Effect. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1993, 199 p.

Deziron, Mireille & Bailey, Leigh. A Directory of European Environmental Organizations. Blackwell Publishing, 1993, 237 p., $48.00.

Dixon-Mueller, Ruth. Population Policy and Women’s Rights. Praeger,1993, 287 p., $17.95.

Fisher, Julia. The Road from Rio. Praeger, 1993, 263 p., $19.95.

Gleick, Peter (ed.). Water In Crisis: A Guide to the World’s Fresh Water Resources. Oxford Press, 1993, 473 p.

Goodin, Robert. Green Political Theory. Polity Press, 1992, 240 p., $18.00.

Gould, Kenneth & Schnaiberg, Allan. Environment and Society: The Ending Conflict. St. Martin’s Press, 1994, 255 p.

Grubb, Michael. The Earth Summit Agreements: A Guide and Assess- ment. Island Press, 1993, 208 p., $17.95.

Hardi, Peter, Juras, Alexander, & Nagy, Magda (eds.). New Horizons? Possibilities for Cooperation between Environmental NGOs and Governments in Central and Eastern Europe. Budapest: The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, 1993.

Hardjono, Joan. Indonesia: Resources, Ecology, and the Environ- ment. Oxford Press, 1992, 240 p., $14.95.

Holmberg, J., Thompson, K., & Timberlake, L. Facing the Future: A Citizen’s Guide to the Earth Summit. Earthscan, 1993, 5.95
James, Valentine (ed.). Environmental and Economic Dilemmas of Developing Countries. Praeger Publishers,
1994, 272 p.,$59.95.

Judge, David, (ed.). A Green Dimension for the European Com- munity: Political Issues and Processes. London: Frank Cass, 1993, 253 p., $39.50.

Laszlo, Ervin. Vision 2020: Reordering Chaos for Global Survival. Langhorne, 1994, 113 p.,$12.95.

Mikesell, Raymond, & Williams, Lawrence. International Banks and the Environment: From Growth to Sustainability, An Unfinished Agenda. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1992, 302 p., $30.00.

Miles, Edward, & Treves, Tullio (eds.). The Law of the Sea: New Worlds, New Discoveries. Law of the Seas Institute, 1993, 630 p.,$52.20.

Prins, Gwyn (ed.). Threats Without Enemies: Facing Environmen- tal Insecurity. London: Earthscan, 1993, 197 p.

Rich, Bruce. Mortgaging the Earth. Environmental Defense Fund, Beacon Press, 1993, 376 p.

Romm, Joseph J. Defining National Security: The Nonmilitary Aspects. New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1993, 121 p., $10.95.

Runge, C. Ford. Freer Trade, Protected Environment: Balancing Trade Liberalization and Environmental Issues. Council On Foreign Relations Press, 1994, 150 p., $17.95.

Sachs, Wolfgang (ed.). Global Ecology: A New Arena of Political Conflict. Apex Press, 1993, 278 p., $25.00.

Sands, P. (ed.). Greening the Law: The Politics of International Environmental Law. Earthscan, 1993, 14.95.

Seda, Maria (ed.). Environmental Management in ASEAN: Perspec- tives on Critical Regional Issues. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1993, 184 p., $18.00.

Sharma, Shankar (ed.). Energy, the Environment and the Oil Market: An Asia-Pacific Perspective. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1993, 200 p., $14.00.

Shigeru, Kayano. Our Land Was a Forest. Westview, 1994, 144 p., $14.95.

Trolldalen, Jon Martin. International Environmental Conflict Resolution: The Role of the United Nations. UNITAR, 1992, 199 p.

Vellinga, Pier & Grubb, Michael (eds.). Climate Change Policy in the European Community. Brookings Institution, 1993, 67 p., $10.95.

Weiss, Edith Brown (ed.). Environmental Change and International Law. UN University Press, 1993,493 p., $45.00.

Wolfson, Ze’ev. The Geography of Survival. M.E. Sharpe, 1993, 192 p., $35.50.
World Bank. The World Bank and the Environment. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 1993.

World Resources Institute. The 1994 Information Please Environ- mental Almanac. Houghton Mifflin, 1993, 704 p., $11.95.

World Resources Institute. World Resources 1994-95. A Guide to the Global Environment. Oxford University Press, 1994, 399 p. $23.95.

World Wildlife Fund. Choosing A Sustainable Future: The Report of the National Commission on the Environment. Island Press, 1993, 208 p., $15.00.

Editor’s Note: This newsletter serves as a vehicle for communication among ESS members. Please send me items for the newsletter, such as information on publications, conferences, grant opportunities, research nstitutes, courses, or whatever else you think may be of interest to ESS members. Use any of the addresses listed on the front page under the masthead.