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International Governance: Polycentric Governing by and beyond the UNFCCC

van Asselt, Harro and Zelli, Fariborz LU (2018) p.29-46
Abstract
The Paris Agreement seemingly reaffirmed the central place occupied by the regime established by the UNFCCC in the international governance of climate change.
Although the UNFCCC can be viewed as a form of ‘monocentric’ governance, it has become increasingly clear that the UNFCCC operates as part of a polycentric governance system. Due to the physical and socio-economic interconnections between climate change and a range of other issue areas, institutional overlaps between the climate regime and other international institutions from other domains such as trade and investment, human rights, other environmental issues (e.g. ozone depletion and biodiversity loss) and specific sectors (e.g. aviation and maritime shipping) are inevitable.... (More)
The Paris Agreement seemingly reaffirmed the central place occupied by the regime established by the UNFCCC in the international governance of climate change.
Although the UNFCCC can be viewed as a form of ‘monocentric’ governance, it has become increasingly clear that the UNFCCC operates as part of a polycentric governance system. Due to the physical and socio-economic interconnections between climate change and a range of other issue areas, institutional overlaps between the climate regime and other international institutions from other domains such as trade and investment, human rights, other environmental issues (e.g. ozone depletion and biodiversity loss) and specific sectors (e.g. aviation and maritime shipping) are inevitable.
In this chapter, we systematically sketch the domain of international climate change governance from the angle of polycentricity, focusing on intergovernmental multilateral institutions. We pursue two objectives: characterising this governance system as polycentric; and then discussing to what extent certain implications of this polycentricity have already materialised in this system. (Less)
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polycentricity, climate change, UNFCCC, global governance, Kyoto protocol, complexity, fragmentation, institutions and institutional change
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Governing Climate Change : Polycentricity in Action? - Polycentricity in Action?
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Jordan, Andrew ; Huitema, Dave ; van Asselt, Harro and JordanHuitemavan Asselt, Johanna Forster
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29 - 46
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Cambridge University Press
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9781108418126
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English
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  author       = {van Asselt, Harro and Zelli, Fariborz},
  booktitle    = {Governing Climate Change : Polycentricity in Action?},
  editor       = {Jordan, Andrew and Huitema, Dave and van Asselt, Harro and JordanHuitemavan Asselt, Johanna Forster},
  isbn         = {9781108418126},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
  pages        = {29--46},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  title        = {International Governance: Polycentric Governing by and beyond the UNFCCC},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/42806297/Governing_Climate_Change.pdf},
  year         = {2018},
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