chapter  12
Institutional arrangements at the global level
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As many analysts of international environmental institutions emphasize (for example, Haas et al. 1993: 4; Hurrell and Kingsbury 1992: 6-8), the political structure of the world for the foreseeable future will be conditioned by the continued existence of states and their commitment, albeit nowadays somewhat nuanced and circumscribed, to the ideal of state sovereignty. This means that proponents of ecological justice will need to pursue their aims within a system of developing world governance involving cooperation between state-based executives, rather than government involving a single global executive. The development of international environmental institutions (IEIs) oriented towards ecological justice concerns can, therefore, come about only as the result of actions undertaken by, and agreements made between, state governments.