Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Review of Agricultural Economics 22:2 (December 2000), pp. 355–369. Published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association by Blackwell/John Wiley . Used by permission.


An international environmental organization would need to be loosely structured initially with a focus on a narrow range of environmental issues. It also would need to emphasize consensus and limit the scope of its interventions to avoid defections by important participants. The benefits of such an organization include the potential for achieving more nearly optimal levels of environmental protection, cost savings from reduction of duplication and managerial economies of scale, and the strengthening of environmental interests in negotiations on the coordination of the environmental regime with other international regimes such as those focusing on trade or development.