"Global governance" has become a key term of the discourse on world politics at the dawn of the 21st century. While an Internet search conducted in 1997 revealed only 3418 references to "global governance" and in January 2004 less than 90,000, in January 2005 the World Wide Web listed 1,780,000 pages that mentioned the term. Global governance became a rallying call for policy advocates who hail it as panacea for the evils of globalization; a global menace for opponents who fear it as the universal hegemony of the many by the powerful few; and an analytical concept that has given rise to much discussion among scholars of international relations.

This chapter shall explore the concept of global governance of the environment.* I will first sketch different current uses of the term "global governance" in the literature. In the second section, I highlight three key characteristics of global governance that make it different from traditional international relations. The last section offers the reader two examples from recent policy debates on the reform of the existing system of global environmental governance.

* This chapter draws on my article "Global Governance and the Environment", in The Study of International Environmental Politics, Michele Betsill, Kathryn Hochstetler and Dimitris Stevis, Eds., Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, forthcoming.

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