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Japan’s Transnational Environmental Policies

Kühr, Rüdiger

Japan’s Transnational Environmental Policies

The Case of Environmental Technology Transfer to Newly Industrializing Countries

Series: Arbeit, Bildung & Gesellschaft / Labour, Education & Society - Volume 25

Year of Publication: 2011

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVI, 232 pp., 1 coloured fig., 12 tables, 4 graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-62089-2 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lbs

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Book synopsis

This study examines Japan’s transnational environmental policy through environmental technology transfer to Newly Industrializing Countries (NICs) in the 1990s. It addresses the ability of Japan to take up the challenges in this transnational sphere. Social scientists differ in their assessment about the future of nation-states’ capability to steer policy formulation under this changing framework. However, transnationalization does not necessarily undermine the state, but includes transformations of state forms and policy making. The transfer of environmental technology to NICs proceeds on the assumption of the existent, but probably reduced capacity of states to act. Based on the policy cycle model, this study focuses special attention to the actors based on Albrecht Dehnhard’s theory that nation-states are gaining power in international circles.


Contents: Japan’s transnational environmental policy through environmental technology transfer to Newly Industrializing Countries (NICs) in the 1990s – Challenges through growing transnationalization/globalization – Definitions of key terms such as environment, technology – Categorization of environmental technology – Environmental problems in NICs – Changing role of states – Academic discussion – Neo-realists and globalists – Methodic approach via actor analysis, policy cycle model and comparison with Germany.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Rüdiger Kühr, born in 1970, is a political and social scientist with studies at the Universities of Osnabrück and Münster. He was a visiting fellow at the Hitotsubashi University (Japan), United Nations University (Japan) and Freie Universität of Berlin (Germany). He is Head of the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Operating Unit SCYCLE, which is focusing its work and activities on sustainable production, consumption and disposal.


Labour, Education & Society. Vol. 25
Editor in charge: György Széll