By Helmut Breitmeier
Regime idea has turn into an more and more influential method of the research of diplomacy, fairly within the parts of foreign political economic system and overseas environmental politics. The conceptual attraction of the belief of "governance with no executive" -- during which a mixture of alternative organisations and associations provide governance to deal with particular difficulties -- displays an international within which the call for for governance is superb however the time-honored mechanisms for offering it are susceptible. such a lot learn on overseas regimes employs qualitative equipment, frequently utilizing case reviews to strengthen higher theoretical arguments; yet an absence of standardization makes comparative research tricky. Analyzing foreign Environmental Regimes introduces the overseas Regimes Database (IRD), an immense methodological innovation that permits students to undertake a quantitative method of the learn of overseas regimes.
The IRD is a relational database that makes it attainable to match documents on particular features of a few overseas environmental regimes which are coded utilizing a unmarried, well-defined set of strategies, definitions, and scales. The publication first describes the database and discusses a couple of methodological, technical, and architectural concerns. It then illustrates using the IRD as an analytic instrument, drawing at the database for descriptive records to judge theoretical rules approximately compliance, choice principles, and the position of data. A CD containing the whole IRD facts protocol and all of the facts presently within the database accompanies the book.
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Extra resources for Analyzing International Environmental Regimes: From Case Study to Database (Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation)
Although the most distinctive feature of the IRD is its ability to support the ‘‘testing’’ of hypotheses using large numbers of records, then, we believe the database will also appeal to analysts desiring to engage in qualitative studies that draw on information pertaining to a number of distinct regimes. 5 Plan of the Book In the body of this book, we proceed as follows. Chapter 2 deals with a collection of more speciﬁc issues pertaining to the architecture of the International Regimes Database along with a variety of methodological concerns we encountered in the course of developing the database.
We can assess the legal effectiveness of a regime with reference to variables in the data protocol that ask whether regime bodies are in operation and generate authoritative decisions, as well as whether important members have taken the steps needed to translate international commitments into domestic obligations. Measurements related to these legal matters can clarify whether programmatic activities are occurring as planned and decision-making procedures are functioning properly. Compliance treated as a measure of behavioral effectiveness has gained prominence in recent research on international regimes (Mitchell 1994a; Underdal 1998; Weiss and Jacobson 1998).
Accordingly, we quickly adopted the principle that users of the IRD will need to import data on a variety of socioeconomic and political factors needed to carry out speciﬁc studies of the creation, operation, or performance of international regimes. This principle assigns responsibility to individual users of the IRD for making choices about the relevance of factors relating to the broader social setting within which regimes operate and for mobilizing data needed to examine these factors. It constitutes a design feature essential to maintaining the coherence and usability of the database.
Analyzing International Environmental Regimes: From Case Study to Database (Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation) by Helmut Breitmeier