This chapter moves away from a description of the actors and regimes in international environmental politics towards an attempt to understand its character. It starts by examining in general terms the factors that help to explain the success or failure of environmental regimes before moving on to explore the extent to which international environmental politics can be understood by the theoretical approaches developed within the discipline of international relations. Traditional models — such as realism and liberal institutionalism — are examined initially, followed by newer approaches such as feminism and constructivism. An account of the international politics of climate change is provided in order to test the validity of the various theoretical approaches.
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