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Research Handbook on Climate Governance

Edited by Karin Bäckstrand, Professor, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and Eva Lövbrand, Associate Professor, Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden
The 2009 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen is often represented as a watershed in global climate politics, when the diplomatic efforts to negotiate a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol failed and was replaced by a fragmented and decentralized climate governance order. In the post-Copenhagen landscape the top-down universal approach to climate governance has gradually given way to a more complex, hybrid and dispersed political landscape involving multiple actors, arenas and sites. The Handbook contains contributions from more than 50 internationally leading scholars and explores the latest trends and theoretical developments of the climate governance scholarship.
Extent: 640 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 059 4
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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
The 2009 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen is often represented as a turning point in global climate politics, when the diplomatic efforts to negotiate a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol failed and was replaced by a fragmented and decentralized climate governance order. In the post-Copenhagen landscape the top-down universal approach to climate governance has gradually given way to a more complex, hybrid and dispersed political landscape involving multiple actors, arenas and sites.

Drawing upon contributions from more than 50 internationally renowned scholars, the Handbook assesses the state and direction of climate governance at multilateral, EU, national and local levels. The volume mobilizes multiple scholarly traditions ranging from grand theorizing to close empirical studies of micro-political practices, and spans the ideational and the material, the historical and the contemporary, the normative and the critical. The resulting collection of chapters represents the state of the art and most recent thinking in the rich and expanding scholarship on climate politics and governance.
‘A breathtaking review which covers the major approaches and actors in the governance of climate change this carefully edited book includes essays from dozens of scholars who are shaping our understanding of responses to the real and existential risks of a warming world. The book is especially strong in its discussion of how critical social theory can help us understand the politics of climate change, in its histories of climate policy, and in the multiple perspectives it provides on the international climate regime across sectors, institutions, countries and scales. I was impressed by the diversity of authors, including the number of women contributors, and by the efforts to connect research to political action.’
– Diana Liverman, University of Arizona, US

‘Bäckstrand and Lövbrand have crafted a remarkable volume, gathering over fifty cutting-edge scholars engaging every aspect of climate governance—what it has been, what it is, and what it could and should be. This is truly a one-stop shop for grasping the diversity of research on climate governance. It will engage students exploring the field, scholars seeking to understand the state of the art, and practitioners looking to make sense of the challenges of responding to this most crucial of global issues.’
– Matthew Hoffman, University of Toronto, Canada

‘As the ambit of climate governance has expanded out from the UN to encompass myriad actors at multiple levels, so too has the challenge of understanding the whole. This comprehensive and expertly edited Handbook provides the alpha and omega of climate governance scholarship. I confidently predict that it will become the standard reference for years to come.’
– Andy Jordan, University of East Anglia, UK

‘In a field already densely populated with handbooks, the Research Handbook on Climate Governance offers a fresh approach to the burgeoning field of climate governance. Drawing on an impressive list of world-leading scholars, Bäckstrand and Lövbrand have masterfully fashioned a magnificent tour d'horizon of a wide range of climate-related topics, from the normative dimensions of climate governance to its concrete modes of operation and technological underpinnings. This landmark compendium is an indispensable resource for scholars, students and practitioners engaged in climate governance around the world.’
– Philipp Pattberg, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

‘Bäckstrand and Lövbrand have expertly assembled a cutting-edge collection of essays that look critically at the changing landscape of climate governance in the “post-Copenhagen era”. Moving beyond the typical handbook, the collection provides a rich offering of both theoretical and empirical reflections to help students and researchers alike think creatively about governance needs and opportunities in the face of this wicked problem. The book is both an excellent teaching tool and a source of creative inspiration for future climate change research.’
– Sikina Jinnah, American University, US




Contributors: C.E. Adler, P. Aldunce, D. Alegría, A. Anderson, S. Andresen, C. Åsberg, K. Bäckstrand, I. Bailey, G. Bang, S. Beck, M. Betsill, H. Betts, F. Biermann, R. Bórquez, M. Boström, H. Bulkeley, D. Ciplet, J. de Koning, L. Dilling, R.S. Dimitrov, K. Dingwerth, C. Dupont, R. Eckersley, F. Fischer, D.R. Fisher, T. Forsyth, V. Galaz, A.M. Galli, J.F. Green, R. Grundmann, A. Gupta, J. Gupta, A. Hansson, P.G. Harris, S. Hayes, K. Hochstetler, M. Hulme, K. Indvik, V. Jankovic, S. Jasanoff, C. Karlsson, M. Khan, M. Klintman, A. Kronsell, M. Lederer, B.-O. Linnér, R.D. Lipschutz, E. Lövbrand, H. Lovell, M. Mason, S. Matti, J. McGee, A. Neimanis, P. Newell, S. Oberthür, A. Oels, C. Okereke, E.A. Page, C.F. Parker, A. Persson, S. Rayner, T. Rayner, P. Revell, J.T. Roberts, H. Schroeder, B. Siebenhüner, M.M. Skutsch, P. Stalley, H. Stevenson, J. Stripple, E. Turnhout, H. van Asselt, E. Viola, J. Vogler, J. Wettestad, V. Wibeck, F. Zelli




Contents:

PART I THEORIZING CLIMATE GOVERNANCE
1. Global Governance
Markus Lederer

2. Realism
John Vogler

3. Political Economy
Peter Newell

4. Science and Technology Studies
Sheila Jasanoff

5. Governmentality
Johannes Stripple and Harriet Bulkeley

6. Deliberative Democracy
Hayley Stevenson

7. Feminism
Annica Kronsell

8. Normative Theory
Edward A. Page

PART II PROCESSES AND SITES OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
9. Climate Diplomacy
Radoslav S. Dimitrov

10. Geopolitics
David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts and Mizan Khan

11. Fragmentation
Fariborz Zelli and Harro van Asselt

12. Minilateralism
Jeffrey McGee

13. The North-South Divide
Joyeeta Gupta

14. Transnationalism
Klaus Dingwerth and Jessica F. Green

15. Vulnerability
Tim Forsyth

16. Climate Skepticism
Reiner Grundmann

SECTION III THE STATE AND CLIMATE GOVERNANCE
17. Climate Leadership
Charles F. Parker and Christer Karlsson

18. China
Phillip Stalley

19. The United States
Guri Bang

20. The European Union
Claire Dupont and Sebastian Oberthür

21. Brazil
Eduardo Viola and Kathryn Hochstetler

SECTION IV: NON-STATE AGENTS AND INSTITUTIONS OF CLIMATE GOVERNANCE
22. NGOs
Michele Betsill

23. Business
Chukwumerije Okereke

24. International Bureaucracies
Bernd Siebenhüner

25. Science
Silke Beck

26. Civil Society
Dana R. Fisher and Anya M. Galli

27. Citizen-Consumers
Mikael Klintman and Magnus Boström

28. News Media
Alison Anderson

29. The City
Vladimir Jankovi?

SECTION V: MODES AND TECHNOLOGIES OF CLIMATE GOVERNANCE
30. EU Emissions Trading
Jørgen Wettestad

31. Low Carbon Economies
Heather Lovell

32. Carbon Aaccounting
Esther Turnhout, Margaret M. Skutsch and Jessica de Koning

33. Multi-stakeholder Governance
Hannah Betts and Heike Schroeder

34. Climate Policy Integration
Harro van Asselt, Tim Rayner and Åsa Persson

35. Climate Policy Instruments
Simon Matti

36. Climate Engineering
Anders Hansson, Steve Rayner and Victoria Wibeck

SECTION VI: NORMATIVE IDEALS OF CLIMATE GOVERNANCE
37. Regime Effectiveness
Steinar Andresen

38. Ecological Democracy
Frank Fischer

39. Transparency
Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason

40. Security
Angela Oels

41. Adaptation
Lisa Dilling

42. Posthumanist Imaginaries
Astrida Neimanis, Cecilia Åsberg and Suzi Hayes

43. Resilience
Carolina E. Adler, Paulina Aldunce, Katherine Indvik, Denís Alegría, Roxana Bórquez and Victor Galaz

SECTION VII: THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE GOVERNANCE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
44. Multilateralism in Crisis?
Robyn Eckersley

45. Reform Options
Frank Biermann

46. Re-politicizing Climate Governance
Ian Bailey and Piers Revell

47. Property and Privatization
Ronnie D. Lipschutz

48. Innovation Investments
Björn-Ola Linnér and Steve Rayner

49. Knowledge Pluralism
Mike Hulme

50. The Future
Paul G. Harris

Index