As wildfires rage, pollution thickens, and species disappear, the world confronts environmental crisis with a set of global institutions in urgent need of reform. Yet, these institutions have proved frustratingly resistant to change. Introducing the concept of Temporal Focal Points, Manulak shows how change occurs in world politics. By re-envisioning the role of timing and temporality in social relations, his analysis presents a new approach to understanding transformative phases in international cooperation. We may now be entering such a phase, he argues, and global actors must be ready to realize the opportunities presented. Charting the often colorful and intensely political history of change in global environmental politics, this book sheds new light on the actors and institutions that shape humanity’s response to planetary decline. It will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of international relations, international organization and environmental politics and history.

  • Introduces a new theory of institutional change, theorizing the role of Temporal Focal Points in world politics
  • Diagnoses a chief impediment to change in international institutions and highlights policy-relevant solutions
  • Provides a detailed analysis of the history of global environmental politics, using newly released archival documents and an extensive program of interviews

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