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Transboundary Environmental Governance across the World's Longest Border
Edited by Stephen Brooks, and Andrea Olive
Canada and the United States share a border that spans several of the world’s major watersheds and encompasses the largest reserves of fresh water on the planet. The border that separates these two neighbors is political, but the natural environment is a matter of common concern. In recent years, dramatic changes have taken place in the political and environmental landscapes that shape the conversations, possibilities, and processes associated with the management of this shared interest. More than ever, Indigenous populations are recognized to be a necessary part of negotiations and decision-making regarding matters ranging from pipelines to the protection of endangered species’ habitats. Globalization and, in particular, the continuing elaboration of a transnational conversation and architecture for addressing issues related to climate change have ramifications for Canada-US transboundary issues. The contributors to this volume examine the state of the existing transboundary relationship between Canada and the United States, including the governance structures and processes, the environmental impacts and adequacy of these structures and processes, and the opportunities and obstacles that exist for reform and improved outcomes.
Publication Date: July 1st, 2018
276 pages| 6 in x 9 in
STEPHEN BROOKS is Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor and also teaches at the Institut d'études politiques de Lille. He is the author of Canadian Democracy, 8th edition, and Anti-Americanism and the Limits of Public Diplomacy.  

ANDREA OLIVE is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Land, Stewardship, and Legitimacy and The Canadian Environment in Political Context.  

Early Praise

“More than a century has passed since the ratification of the Boundary Waters Treaty launched the modern era of transborder environmental relations between Canada and the United States. Much has been accomplished, but many challenges remain and new threats continue to emerge. Stephen Brooks and Andrea Olive have led a team of prominent scholars in taking a fresh and engaging look at these issues and setting the stage for the next century of governance.”
Barry G. Rabe, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
“This excellent volume is the most comprehensive assessment to date of transboundary environmental and resource governance along and across the US-Canadian border, from the St. Lawrence to the Pacific, with all of the growing set of difficult issues and increasing complexity that includes. While “cooperation is constant” across this longest border, between a multiplicity of actors and various scales, so too are controversies, divergences, and significant and persistent challenges to effective governance.”
Stacy D. VanDeveer, Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, and PhD Program Director, Global Governance and Human Security, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

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