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Assessing the effectiveness of environmental governance regimes: remaining gaps

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Thorny and stubborn manifestations of ecological degradation have elicited an array of institutional responses, in domestic arenas and through international channels. Many of the organisational mechanisms that have emerged in this context, displaying varying degrees of coherence and purposefulness, possess structural and functional attributes commonly associated with governance regimes. In recent years, the performance of such entities has been subjected to close scrutiny within a methodologically rigorous framework. However, the capacity to learn, resulting in creative innovation, and the degree of fit between them and relevant socio-political milieus has been accorded limited attention. The experience of post-socialist countries, in Asia/China and Europe, suggests that remedying this oversight in a holistic fashion would be a worthwhile undertaking.

Keywords: environmental governance, outputs, outcomes, impacts, learning capacity, creative innovation, fit, socio-political milieu, effectiveness

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