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Gewählte Publikation:

Gorg, C; Brand, U.
(2000): Global environmental politics and competition between nation-states: On the regulation of biological diversity
REV INT POLIT ECON. 2000; 7(3): 371-398.

Global environmental politics is often seen as an area where cooperation among nation-states can be improved and common and trans-border issues can be regulated. The article criticizes this view which tends to ignore the complex crisis of the relationships between societies and ongoing economic competition among nation-states. Therefore, the difference between intentional political control and the unintended stabilization of social contradictions (regulation, in the usage of the French regulation school) is shown, and used to analyse the broader context of the regulation of societal relationships with nature. For an adequate understanding of such a network of international regulation, however, one must carefully analyse the transformation of the nation-state within the process of capitalist globalization and its role in this network which goes beyond environmental regimes. Global biodiversity politics is an interesting example of such a network: it can be seen that capital interests in the use of genetic resources for the 'life science industry' is a driving force in this area of contention. National regulations, in the sense of intentional politics, constitute a necessary aspect of the process of creating stable conditions for the commodification and valorization of genetic resources. At the same time, environmental politics becomes part of global capitalist competition and regional and national competition.
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Görg Christoph
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