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Global Environmental Coordination: How to Overcome the Double Collective Action Problematic?

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Journal: Sociology Mind
ISSN 2160-083X

Volume: 03;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Ecological Capital | Global Environmental Coordination | Economic and Environmental Interdependencies | Tragedy of the Commons | Greenhouse Gases | Depletion of Environmental Resources | Global Environmental Agency | Weighted Voting | Coleman-Banzhaf Voting Power

ABSTRACT
The need for stronger global coordination of environmental policies has become ever more obvious, but there are no formal arrangements in sight. The UN framework of UNEP is not delivering effective policies. Only global environmental coordination on the successful model of the World Band and the IMF can stem the rising emissions numbers and projections—quantitative voting reflecting the differences in size between the states of the world. However, the system of weighted voting typical of the WB and the IMF must be reformed in an egalitarian manner, when a global ecology organisation is set up, reducing their excessive voting power disparities. This paper suggests a simple but effective mechanism for reducing these voting power disparities, decreasing all member country votes by either the square root or the cube root expression.
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