The Fourth Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference

Rånäs Slott, Stockholm Sweden

June 28th- July 1st 2018


Thursday June 28th


12.00 – Arrival and welcome dinner


Friday June 29th

08.20-08.30 Welcome


08.30-10.00 Panel 1.  Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy

Commentator: Sijeong Lim, Amsterdam University

Chair: Vally Koubi, ETH Zürich

1. Marina Povitkina, Gothenburg University

Friend or Foe? An Empirical Examination of the Relationship Between Different Types of Democracy and Environmental Performance

2. Jared J. Finnegan, London School of Economics and Political Science

Climate Change and the Institutional Foundations of Long-Term Policymaking

3. Yves Steinebach, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Making Environmental Policies Work: An Analysis of Cross-National Variation in Policy Effectiveness

4. Michael Lerner, University of Michigan

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? How Mainstreaming Environmental Policy Affects the Translation of Policy Priorities into Policy Change

10.00 -11.00 Poster Session 1. Environmental Policy Dynamics

Commentators:  Lisa Dellmuth, Kathinka Fürst, Philipp Pattberg & Manuel P. Teodoro.

1. David Konisky, Indiana University Bloomington

Examining the Role of NIMBYism in Public Acceptance of Energy Infrastructure

2. Mark Buntaine, University of California, Santa Barbara

Governance Strategies for Pareto Improving Conservation: Activating Boomerang Oversight of Revenue Sharing at Bwindi National Park, Uganda

3. Michael Tomz, Stanford University

How Do Voluntary International Agreements Affect Policy?

An Experimental Study of the Paris Climate Accord

4. Liam Beiser-McGrath and Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zürich

Creating a Winning Coalition through Carbon Taxation?

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15 – 12.45 Panel 2. Global Environmental Politics

Commentator: Jessica Steinberg, Indiana University Bloomington

Chair: Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zürich

5. Sander Chan, German Development Institute

Legitimacy of Orchestration in Global Environmental Politics: An Empirical Study

6. Sina Leipold, University of Freiburg

New Politics of Transformation A Discursive Policy Analysis of the Regulatory Debate on the EU Circular Economy

7. Oscar Widerberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Explaining Variation in Institutional Structure of Regime Complexes: Comparing Climate Change, Energy, Forestry and Fisheries

8.  Azusa Uji, Kyoto University

Climate Policy-making and Peer Pressure in the Regime Complex


12.45- 14.00 Lunch


14.00-15.30 Panel 3. Policy Collaboration and Learning

Commentator: David Konisky, Indiana University Bloomington

Chair: Mark Lubell, University of California, Davis

9. Elizabeth Koebele, University of Nevada

Fostering Learning and Policy Change in Collaborative Environmental Governance Processes

10. Xinsheng Liu, Texas A&M University

New Measures and Examinations of Bureaucratic Influence in Congressional Policy Agenda Setting on Global Warming and Climate Change.

11. Nicolas Jager, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Explaining Intergovernmental Cooperation in the Water Sector: The Network of Concordats Among Swiss Cantons.

12. Marlene Kammerer, Universität Bern

How Institutions Influence Collaboration in Climate Change - A Comparative Study of Finland, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.


15.30 -15.45 Coffee


15.45 – 17.15 Panel 4.  Market-based Approaches

Commentator: Mickael Tomz, Stanford University

Chair: Kerry Ard, Ohio State University

13. Alexander Pfaff , Duke University

Creating Sustainable Institutions for Collective Local PES in Mexico: Group Coordination and Sanctioning in Truly Upstream-Downstream PES Experiments

14. Janina Grabs, Münster University

Is Private Environmental Governance an Oxymoron? The Effectiveness of Market-based Sustainability Standards in Improving Ecosystem Conservation.

15. Patrick Bayer, University of Glasgow

The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets: An Empirical Analysis of the EU ETS, 2005-2012

16. Manuel P. Teodoro, Texas A&M University

Privatization as Political Decoupling: Water Conservation During the 2014-2017 California Drought

17.30 -18.45 Key note address: Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan

More Governance, Less Conservation?: Sustainable Forest Management in the Republic of Congo




Saturday June 30th

08.30 – 10.00 Panel 5. Energy Policy

Commentator:  Rama Mohana Turaga, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Chair: Mark Buntaine, University of California, Santa Barbara

17. Naghmeh Nasiritousi, Stockholm University

Legitimate and Effective? Comparing Stakeholder Perceptions of Five Key Climate and Energy Governance Institutions.

18. Shiran Victoria Shen, Stanford University

Public Receptivity in China towards Wind Energy Generators: A Survey Experimental Approach.

19. Meir Alkon, Princeton University

Authoritarian Environmental Federalism

20. Ion Bogdan Vasi, University of Iowa

Beyond Petroleum? The Emergence of Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States, 1993-2015.


10.00-11.00 Poster session 2. Environment Politics in a Comparative Perspective

Commentators: Elizabeth Koebele, Jean-Frédéric Morin, Naghmeh Nasiritousi & Oscar Widerberg

5. Aseem Prakash, University of Washington

Public Support for Carbon Tax in the United States: Evidence from a 2018 National Online Survey Experiment

6. Rama Mohana Turaga, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Why Firms Adopt Voluntary Environmental Initiatives in Developing Countries? The Case of ISO 14001 Certification among Indian Manufacturing Firms

7. Xun Cao, Penn State University

Asset Mobility and the Politics of Firm-level Environmental Regulatory Actions in China

8. Vally Koubi, ETH Zürich

How environmental events and individual characteristics interact:

(The Example of) “Trapped” Individuals in Environmental Migration


11.00 -11.15 Coffee


11.15 12.45 Panel 6. Trade, Taxes and the Environment

Commentator: Xun Cao, Penn State University

Chair: Alexander Pfaff, Duke University

21. Jean-Frédéric Morin, Laval University

The Implementation of International Agreements:

Do IEAs and PTAs Matter for Domestic Environmental Legislation?

22. Aleksandra Conevska, McGill University

Preferential Trade Agreements and Natural Disasters: Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change

23. Lisa Lechner, University of Salzburg

Trading up Environmental Commitment: Voluntary Commitment to Environmental Standards in Preferential Trade Agreements and Regime Spill-Over.

24. Sijeong Lim, Amsterdam University

Redistributive Attitudes and Support for Environmental Tax: A Newly Industrialized Asian Perspective


12.45-14.00 Lunch


14.00-15.30 Panel 7. Environment, Equity, and Local Development

Commentator: Mark Lubell University of California, Davis

Chair: Katinka Fürst, Duke Kunshan University

25. Sneha Thapliyal, Indian Institute of Management Indore

The Great Indian Conservation Debate: Contextualizing Poverty

26. Jessica Steinberg, Indiana University Bloomington

Common Pool Resources, Spillover Effects, and Local Security: A Theoretical Foundation

27. Gretchen Leigh Sneegas, University of Georgia

Using Critical Q Method to Study Environmental Governance and Subjectivity Among Farmer-Landowners in the Marcellus Shale Basin

28. Abdul Halik, Jacobs University Bremen

In Search for Messy Institutions, the Case of Public Deliberation on Coral Reef Protection in Sulawesi, Indonesia


15.30-15.45 Coffee


15.45- 17.15 Panel 8. NGOs and Stakeholder Pressure

Commentator: Sverker Jagers, Gothenburg University

Chair: Andreas Duit, Stockholm University

29. Kathinka Fürst, Duke Kunshan University

Regulating through Leverage: Civil Regulation by Chinese Environmental NGOs

30. Lisa Dellmuth, Stockholm University

The Limits of Civil Society: Institutional Constraints, Overfishing, and Organizational Density in International Environmental Institutions

31. Kerry Ard, Ohio State University

The Effect of Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the Face of the Environmental Countermovement

32. Tyler Scott, University of California, Davis

How Does Stakeholder Involvement in Planning and Permitting Processes Drive Social and Political Tradeoffs Made in the Design and Siting of Water and Energy Infrastructure?


17.30-19.30 Dinner


19.30-20.30 Post-dinner conversation:  Evidence-based Social Science Environmental Research: Why, How, and How Much?

Chair: Mark Buntaine, University of California, Santa Barbara

Initial remarks offered by: Kerry Ard, Sneha Thapliyal & Patrick Bayer


Sunday July 1st

End of conference and departure