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Governing Climate Change
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    Jinnah, Sikina 2018. Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance. International Studies Review, Vol. 20, Issue. 2, p. 272.

    Huitema, Dave Boasson, Elin Lerum and Beunen, Raoul 2018. Entrepreneurship in climate governance at the local and regional levels: concepts, methods, patterns, and effects. Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 18, Issue. 5, p. 1247.


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Climate change governance is in a state of enormous flux. New and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing around the international climate regime centred on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They appear to be emerging spontaneously from the bottom up, producing a more dispersed pattern of governing, which Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom famously described as 'polycentric'. This book brings together contributions from some of the world's foremost experts to provide the first systematic test of the ability of polycentric thinking to explain and enhance societal attempts to govern climate change. It is ideal for researchers in public policy, international relations, environmental science, environmental management, politics, law and public administration. It will also be useful on advanced courses in climate policy and governance, and for practitioners seeking incisive summaries of developments in particular sub-areas and sectors. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


'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

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