'Is polycentric governance an overrated hype or a promising new paradigm in our understanding of climate policy and law? The world-class scholarship in this book delivers an excellent critical assessment, markedly advances the state-of-the-art, and provides a systematic and inspiring basis for future research on multi-level climate governance and how to enhance efforts to combat climate change.'
Sebastian Oberthür - The Institute for European Studies, Brussels
'As we lose sight of alternatives, Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? is a major contribution to the critical debate in the social and environmental sciences on polycentric governance of climate change. How we govern climate change, and with what effect on the environment and its peoples, depends largely on how polycentric governance plays out. Jordan, Huitema, van Asselt and Forster have assembled an impressive and illuminating collection of essays systematically testing the ideas and theoretical claims spearheaded by Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom and since promulgated widely by social scientists and environmentalists. With a rich combination of disciplinary and methodological approaches and powerful synthesis, Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? breaks inspiring new ground in the vitally important project of governing climate change.'
Tiffany H. Morrison - Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
'Polycentricity has become one of the most influential concepts in current academic debates on global climate governance. And yet, this concept’s descriptive, explanatory and prescriptive value has remained unclear, underspecified, and contested for so long. Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? now brings this important conceptual debate to a higher level. It offers twenty insightful contributions on polycentric climate governance by some of the most authoritative scholars in this field, all organized around a carefully crafted analytical framework. This superbly edited volume is an essential collection for both theorists and practitioners of modern global climate governance.'
Frank Biermann - Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
'An excellent contribution in many respects - as synopsis and reference point, as conceptual advancement and critical appreciation, as inspiration for further research, for teaching and individual reading. For didactical benefits, it must also be highlighted, that the authors developed a publicly accessible MOOC (massive open online course) - creating another valuable knowledge commons next to the open access book itself. This lays valuable foundations for the rich content to spread into practice and to enhance collective action with a polycentric approach to global climate governance.'
Marcel J. Dorsch
Source: translated from Politische Vierteljahresschrift
'This readable approach is appropriate considering that the book is the core text around which a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has been designed, accompanied by a package of teaching resources … This comprehensive open access volume is highly recommended reading for any scholar or student researching local governance or public policy. With time running low for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that the most effective climate policy approaches are selected urgently.'
Source: Local Government Studies