Analyzing International Environmental Regimes: From Case by Helmut Breitmeier

By Helmut Breitmeier

Regime concept has turn into an more and more influential method of the research of diplomacy, relatively within the parts of foreign political economic system and foreign environmental politics. The conceptual charm of the assumption of "governance with no executive" -- within which a mixture of other enterprises and associations provide governance to handle particular difficulties -- displays an international during which the call for for governance is superb however the commonly used mechanisms for providing it are vulnerable. such a lot learn on overseas regimes employs qualitative equipment, usually utilizing case reviews to increase greater theoretical arguments; yet an absence of standardization makes comparative research tough. Analyzing foreign Environmental Regimes introduces the overseas Regimes Database (IRD), a major methodological innovation that enables students to undertake a quantitative method of the research of foreign regimes.

The IRD is a relational database that makes it attainable to match files on particular facets of a few overseas environmental regimes which are coded utilizing a unmarried, well-defined set of thoughts, definitions, and scales. The booklet first describes the database and discusses a couple of methodological, technical, and architectural matters. It then illustrates using the IRD as an analytic device, drawing at the database for descriptive information to guage theoretical rules approximately compliance, choice ideas, and the function of information. A CD containing the entire IRD information protocol and all of the info at the moment within the database accompanies the book.

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Along the way, we confronted a number of methodological issues that are well known to analysts who conduct qualitative case studies regarding the formation or effectiveness of governance systems in international society. We discussed many of these topics in depth during trial runs carried out with case-study experts to test our codebook and the conceptual framework to be used for the development of case designs. We gained important insights from these trial runs and developed pragmatic solutions to the methodological problems that emerged from this process.

Not surprisingly, some coders— especially those assigned to regimes featuring several components or watersheds—found the task of responding to the queries included in the data protocol extremely challenging. It is not hard to think of questions pertaining to the formation, operation, and performance of international regimes that the IRD Data Protocol does not address; this is inevitable in a project of this sort. It is important to be candid about the limits of the database, acknowledging the existence of issues that are not included in the data protocol and recognizing the fact that newly emerging issues will not appear in the database.

At the same time, the IRD is not without interest for those whose work on international regimes is more qualitative in character. The database allows coders to record judgments about (un)certainty or complications that made it hard to respond to specific questions in the data protocol with respect to their case. , official documents, interviews, published materials) regarding each important actor. Similarly, the protocol allows coders to express their views regarding the causal mechanisms affecting the behavior of key actors with regard to compliance/conformance.

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