Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects

Jordan, Andrew J., Huitema, Dave, Hildén, Mikael, van Asselt, Harro, Rayner, Tim J., Schoenefeld, Jonas J., Tosun, Jale, Forster, Johanna and Boasson, Elin L. (2015) Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects. Nature Climate Change, 5. pp. 977-982. ISSN 1758-678X

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Abstract

Governance responses from the international climate regime have been widely critiqued. But fresh research is revealing that ‘new’ and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing in alternative domains, producing a more polycentric pattern. Some analysts believe that these ‘new’ forms will fill gaps in the regime, but this optimism is based on untested assumptions about their diffusion and performance. We conclude that the advent of more polycentric governance does offer new opportunities to govern climate change, but based on existing empirical research it is far too early to judge whether hopes about the performance of the ‘new’ forms are well founded. More time and vastly more coordinated research efforts are needed to comprehend their full potential; time that is in very short supply in governing climate change.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 13:32
Last Modified: 30 May 2020 23:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57549
DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2725

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