Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects

Andrew J. Jordan*, Dave Huitema, Mikael Hilden, Harro van Asselt, Tim J. Rayner, Jonas J. Schoenefeld, Jale Tosun, Johanna Forster, Elin L. Boasson

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Abstract

The international climate regime represented by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been widely critiqued. However, 'new' dynamic forms of climate governing are appearing in alternative domains, producing a more polycentric pattern. Some analysts believe that the new forms will fill gaps in the existing regime, but this optimism is based on untested assumptions about their diffusion and performance. The advent of polycentric governance offers new opportunities for climate action, but it is too early to judge whether hopes about the effectiveness of emerging forms of climate governance are well founded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-982
Number of pages6
JournalNature Climate Change
Volume5
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • POLICY INNOVATION
  • ENERGY POLICIES
  • REGIME COMPLEX
  • EUROPEAN-UNION
  • BOTTOM-UP
  • TOP-DOWN
  • PARTNERSHIPS
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • CARBON
  • ENVIRONMENT

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Jordan, A. J., Huitema, D., Hilden, M., van Asselt, H., Rayner, T. J., Schoenefeld, J. J., Tosun, J., Forster, J., & Boasson, E. L. (2015). Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects. Nature Climate Change, 5(11), 977-982. https://doi.org/10.1038/NCLIMATE2725