Understanding global discontinuation governance : an explorative case study on the Minamata Convention on mercury

Bulten, M.A. (2016) Understanding global discontinuation governance : an explorative case study on the Minamata Convention on mercury.

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Abstract:The Minamata Convention on mercury is a globally binding instrument to discontinue the use of mer-cury over its entire life chain. Since (global) discontinuation governance is an under-studied phenomenon in policy science, this thesis contributes to a better understanding what it means to globally govern the discontinuation of a socio-technical system by exploring the mercury case: the global attempt to discontinue the use of mercury over its entire life chain. The global discontinuation of mercury is an interesting case because the whole life chain is attempted to be discontinued by the United Nations and the discontinuation will happen on a global scale. Both these aspect imply that the discontinuation of mercury will be a very complex (governance) process. The research goal will be achieved by analysing the negotiations prior to the establishment of the Minamata Convention on mercury by means of the three pillars by Borrás & Edler (2014). With these three pillars the most im-portant governance processes in the governance-shaping dimension, the instrumentation dimension, and the most important legitimation claims will be analysed and discussed. Therefore the central question is: How is the discontinuation of mercury governed in the global UN setting and what does this mean for the concept global discontinuation of governance? The sub questions in this research are: 1. What and who has driven the deliberate global discontinuation governance of mercury? 2. How is the global discontinuation of mercury governed and by which means? 3. Which claims are made in order to make the global discontinuation governance on mercury acceptable?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70237
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