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Conceptualizing Climate Governance Beyond the International Regime

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  • Chukwumerije Okereke

    (Chukwumerije Okereke is a Fellow both of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK. His research addresses the links between ethics, political economic ideas and the governance structures of international institutions within the context of global sustainable development. He is the author of Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance (2008) and the editor of The Politics of the Environment (2007).)

  • Harriet Bulkeley

    (Harriet Bulkeley is a Reader in Geography at Durham University. Her research interests center on the concepts and practice of environmental governance, with a particular focus on cities, transnational networks and climate change. She is co-author (with Michele Betsill) of Cities and Climate Change (2003), and has published widely including articles in Political Geography, Environment and Planning A, International Studies Quarterly, and Environmental Politics. She currently holds an ESRC Climate Change Fellowship, co-ordinates the Leverhulme International Network Transnational Climate Change Governance, and in 2007 was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2007.)

  • Heike Schroeder

    (Heike Schroeder is a Tyndall Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, where she is analyzing options for international action on climate change. Speciªcally, she is looking at possible roles of non-nation state actors and emerging countries in a post-2012 international policy framework. From 2003 to 2007, she was a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Executive Ofªcer of a 10-year international research project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC), a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Her latest publications include Institutions and Environmental Change, coedited with O. R. Young and L. A. King (2008).)

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    The governance of climate change has traditionally been conceived as an issue of international co-operation and considered through the lens of regime analysis. Increasingly, scholars of global governance have highlighted the multiple parallel initiatives involving a range of actors at different levels of governance through which this issue is being addressed. In this paper, we argue that this phenomenon warrants a re-engagement with some of the conceptual cornerstones of international studies. We highlight the conceptual challenges posed by the increasing involvement of non-nation-state actors (NNSAs) in the governance of climate change and explore the potential for drawing from alternative theoretical traditions to address these challenges. Specifically, the paper combines insights from neo-Gramscian and governmentality perspectives as a means of providing the critical space required to generate deeper understanding of: (a) the nature of power in global governance; (b) the relationship between public and private authority; (c) the dynamics between structure and agency; and (d) the rationalities and practices of governance. (c) 2009 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Global Environmental Politics.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 58-78

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