Maria Ivanova
Assistant Professor of Government and Environmental Policy at The College of William and Mary,
Director of the Global Environmental Governance (GEG) Project at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy,
Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center




Maria Ivanova of The College of William and Mary sheds lights upon the dynamic realm of global environmental governance. Deconstructing the foundations of policy design and execution at the international level, Ivanova suggests that the multi-leveled, multi-layered realm of environmental governance has produced some unique complications, especially in regards to the challenges of coherence and coordination. In particular, the complex relationship between fragmentation and multiplicity in governance must be further unpacked. In prefacing her remarks on the ‘mixed performance’ of the global system of environmental governance, Ivanova breaks down the various functions of policymaking to include information collection, norm and policy development, catalyst facilitation, coordination enablement, capacity creation, and enforcement building. Ivanova suggests that a ‘new compelling narrative’ is necessary in line with broader efforts to better link the environmental and political realms. In moving towards this outcome, one must consider the progressive power of robust political leadership, the focusing capacity of environmental summits, and the long-term imperatives of institutional development.

Works by Dr. Maria Ivanova

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Recorded on October 2009