Ther are NOT plenty more fish in the sea

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The marine fisheries are governed by an increasingly diverse range of institutions, united by the overarching goal to stop overfishing. In order to understand this emerging complex governance system and to assess its potential to stop overfishing, regime complex theory can be used as a framework to analyze the crucial changes in the successive policies, political dynamics as well as the broader institutional structure. But in the past, despite the increasing interest in regime complexes, most scholarly attention seemed mostly devoted to the conflicting norms and rules of the green revolution, even though the consequences of the blue counterpart are just as, if not more, severe. Moreover, most scholars still fail to reaveal the full story of the emergence of both cooperation and conflict within a single regime complex. Therefore, this thesis dives deeper into the uderstudied marine fishery regime complex case, to illustrate how the interplay of shared and competing interest among states, IOs and TNAs might impede or stimulate certain inter-regime interactions, ranging from harmonious cooperation to downright conflict. The findings show that understanding the co-evolvement of conflict and cooperation within on regime complex is crucial, both for the sake of the theoretical understanding of regime complexes, but above all to develop an effective governance system that eliminates overfishing.
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