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From Precaution to ProfitContemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol$
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Brian J. Gareau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300175264

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300175264.001.0001

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Social Capital and the Vertical Integration of Power

Social Capital and the Vertical Integration of Power

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From Precaution to Profit

Brian J. Gareau

Yale University Press

This chapter provides a critical sociological assessment of the social organization of the Montreal Protocol, its institutional structure, and the impact of its various actors vis-à-vis social relations of power. A critical sociological perspective sheds light on the reasons for the recent shift to failure in phasing out remaining ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) in the Montreal Protocol, specifically MeBr. A case study on the delegitimization and dissolution of the Agricultural Economics Task Force (AETF) illustrates how powerful actors can vertically penetrate the horizontal “social capital” relationships, a process that is often overlooked in social capital analyses.

Keywords:   Montreal Protocol, MeBr phaseout, ozone-depleting substances, Agricultural Economics Task Force, environmental policy, environmental agreements, environmental regulation, social organization

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