Climate Governance at the Crossroads

Climate Governance at the Crossroads : Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto

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The global governance of climate change is in flux. Conventional strategies of addressing climate change through universal, interstate negotiations-the most prominent of which is the Kyoto Protocol-have been stymied by the gaps that exist between the negotiating powers of states, rendering such initiatives stagnant and ineffectual. In response, a number of new actors and processes have begun to challenge the traditionally exclusive authority of nation-states to create rules and manage environmental problems via multi-national treaties. Dozens of innovative climate response initiatives, or "governance experiments," have emerged at multiple levels of politics and across multiple jurisdictions: individuals, cities, states/provinces, corporations, and even new multilateral initiatives. Climate Governance at the Crossroads explains how and why these new governance experiments have emerged, drawing upon a database of such initiatives to ascertain how these initiatives fit together and how they influence what is defined as environmental governance. In assessing the relational impact of these initiatives (whether they complement each other or clash; whether they can be scaled up or down; and whether they can be expanded beyond their current jurisdictional and geographic boundaries), Matthew Hoffmann provides insight into whether this experimentation is likely to result in an effective response to climate change. Additionally, he draws broader conclusions about how we understand global governance, addressing questions of how we understand authority and what we accept as modes of rule-making in global political spaces.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152.4 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 12 b/w illus.
  • 0195390083
  • 9780195390087
  • 933,968

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Groundbreaking... Through this detailed analysis of the nature, emergence, and effects of experimentation, Hoffmann's work provides us with a truly novel account of global governance. * Review of Policy Research * This timely, jargon-free book may be transformational by stimulating new perceptions of climate change policy dilemmas. Understanding this universe of climate governance experiments may help activists and scholars move toward climate change solutions rather than an abyss of ineffective responses. Highly recommended. * CHOICE * Matthew Hoffman brings light to the darkening literature of climate change. He shows that, while negotiations at the international level have stalled, there is a multitude of promising governing efforts taking place in the municipal, corporate and nongovernmental sectors. Seen through Hoffman's incisive analytical lens, we can appreciate such 'experiments' as grounds for hope. If you care about and want to respond positively to climate change, read this book! * Paul Wapner, Associate Professor and Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program, American University * Growing concern about the impacts of climate change, coupled with frustration at the lack of progress in intergovernmental climate negotiations, has motivated numerous subnational governments and non-state actors to launch experiments with alternative approaches to climate governance. This important book provides the first systematic assessment of these initiatives. Focusing on the experimental governance system, it not only sheds light on ways forward regarding climate change; it also adds to our understanding of a trend of fundamental importance to the pursuit of governance more generally. * Oran R. Young, Professor of Institutional and International Governance, University of California-Santa Barbara * The perennial quest for a seamless international bargain on climate change has yielded to a far more complex set of climate governance initiatives around the world. Matthew Hoffmann takes a fresh look at this ever-expanding arena of public policy and thoughtfully explores early lessons and possible next steps. This book represents a valuable scholarly contribution and provides an important public service. * Barry G. Rabe, Professor of Public Policy and Professor of the Environment, University of Michigan *show more

About Matthew J. Hoffmann

Matthew J. Hoffmann is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Into the Void ; Chapter 2 The World of Climate Governance Experimentation ; Chapter 3 Making Sense of Climate Governance Experimentation ; Chapter 4 Experimenting in Practice ; Chapter 5 Experimenting with Cities and Technology ; Chapter 6 Constructing Carbon Markets ; Chapter 7 Lost in the Void or Filling the Void? ; Appendixshow more

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The perennial quest for a seamless international bargain on climate change has yielded to a far more complex set of climate governance initiatives around the world. Matthew Hoffmann takes a fresh look at this ever-expanding arena of public policy and thoughtfully explores early lessons and possible next steps. This book represents a valuable scholarly contribution and provides an important public service. Barry G. Rabe, Professor of Public Policy and Professor of the Environment, University of Michiganshow more

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