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Conserving the Oceans: The Politics of Large Marine Protected Areas

Justin Alger


Conserving the Oceans: The Politics of Large Marine Protected Areas documents the efforts of activists and states to increase the pace and scale of global ocean protections, leading to a new global norm in ocean conservation of large marine protected areas (MPAs) exceeding 200,000 km2. Through an analysis of domestic political economies, the book explains how states have protected millions of square kilometers of ocean space while remaining highly responsive to the interests of businesses. It argues that states design environmental policies above all around two key features of a given space: ( ... More

Keywords: ocean conservation, environmental politics, environmental norms, business power, business influence, norm diffusion, norm localization, international relations, marine protected areas, environmental activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197540534
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197540534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Alger, author
Global Environmental Politics Scholar, University of British Columbia

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