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Connect the dots: Managing the fragmentation of global climate governance
Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute.
Lund University.
2014 (English)In: Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, ISSN 1432-847X, Vol. 16, no 2, 137-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The debate about post-2012 global climate governance has been framed largely by proponents and opponents of the policymaking process established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In light of the proliferation of institutions governing some aspects of climate change, analysts have asked whether a centralized or a polycentric climate governance architecture will be more effective, efficient, equitable, or viable. While these are valid questions, they obscure the fact that global climate governance is already polycentric, or rather: fragmented. This article argues that the more pertinent questions are how to sensibly link the different elements of global climate governance, and what the role of the UNFCCC could be in this regard. We examine these two questions for three aspects of global climate governance: international climate technology initiatives, emerging emissions trading systems, and unilateral trade measures. The article shows that there are strong arguments for coordination in all of these cases, and illustrates the possible role of the UNFCCC. It concludes, however, that possibilities for coordination will eventually be limited by underlying tensions that will plague any future climate governance architecture.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 2, 137-155 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111275DOI: 10.1007/s10018-013-0060-zOAI: diva2:775091
Available from: 2014-12-30 Created: 2014-12-30 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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