Publication: Financing Global Environmental Politics
In the recently published book "Financing global environmental politics" Aike Müller, Project Manager at adelphi, provides an overview of bilateral and multilateral financing of environmental politics. The analysis focuses on allocation decisions as well as the varying levels of financial support provided by OECD countries for global environmental protection. The book was recently published by 'Peter Lang – Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften' and is only available in German.
Considering its key importance, global environmental and climate politics is chronically underfinanced. However, as a result of the debt crises and budget deficits in the major donor countries, this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. In light of this situation, Aike Müller has been investigating why OECD countries contribute varying levels of financial support towards global environmental politics. Do they donate environmental aid to developing and emerging countries in order to further their economic interests or impose their normative values? The book answers these questions.
Economic literature and political science theories provide the main theoretical starting points for the analysis. The empirical section of the study involves statistical testing of allocation hypotheses using carefully constructed data sets. It emerged that “green norms” have a decisive influence on decisions to allocate aid and the unequal contributions of donor countries, while the role of strategic and economic interests has become less significant.