Constructing ocean and polar governance

Wehrmann, Dorothea / Hubert Zimmermann (eds.)
Externe Publikationen (2022)

Special issue of Politics & Governance 10 (3)

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The governance of ocean and polar regions is among the most relevant challenges in the combat against global environmental degradation and global inequalities. Ocean and polar regions are climate regulators and very much affected by climate change. They are an important source of nutrition for life in and above the sea. At the same time, they are subject to an increasing number of geopolitical and geo-economic conflicts. Due to the lasting virulence of many security issues, economic conflicts, legal disputes, new technological developments and environmental crises in global marine areas as well as the intricate overlap of sovereign, semi-sovereign and global commons territories, the relevance of ocean and polar governance is bound to rise: as frontiers both in global competitive strategies as well as most fragile eco-systems whose collapse would have catastrophic consequences. This thematic issue sketches important trends in research on ocean and polar governance, and identifies avenues for future research. In this editiorial, we first provide an overview of governance challenges for ocean and polar regions and their relevance for geopolitical and geo-economic conflicts. In a second step, we present the eight contributions that make up the thematic issue by clustering them around three themes: the impact of (re-)territorialisation on governance and the construction of authority, the effectiveness of regimes of ocean and polar governance, and, challenges to norm-creation in ocean governance.

Über die Autorin


Weitere Expert*innen zu diesem Thema

Aleksandrova, Mariya

Climate risk governance 

Banerjee, Aparajita

Environmental and Resource Sociology, Public Policy 

Breuer, Anita


Dombrowsky, Ines


Fasold, Maximilian

Politische Ökonomie 

Haldenwang, Christian von


Hein, Jonas


Hernandez, Ariel


Houdret, Annabelle


Lehmann, Ina


Leininger, Julia


Morare, Ditebogo Modiegi


Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo

Ökologische Ökonomie 

Roll, Michael


Schoderer, Mirja


Schüpf, Dennis