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The Crucial Role of Policy Surveillance in International Climate Policy

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An extensive literature shows that information-creating mechanisms enhance the transparency of and can support participation and compliance in international agreements. This paper draws from game theory, international relations, and legal scholarship to make the case for how transparency through policy surveillance can facilitate more effective international climate change policy architecture. I draw lessons from policy surveillance in multilateral economic, environmental, and national security contexts to inform a critical evaluation of the historic practice of monitoring and reporting under the global climate regime. This assessment focuses on how surveillance produces evidence to inform policy design, enables comparisons of mitigation effort, and illustrates the adequacy of the global effort in climate agreements. I also describe how the institution of policy surveillance can facilitate a variety of climate policy architectures. This evaluation of policy surveillance suggests that transparency is necessary for global climate policy architecture.

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  • Aldy, Joseph Edgar, 2014. "The Crucial Role of Policy Surveillance in International Climate Policy," Scholarly Articles 22509395, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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    1. Joseph E. Aldy, 2015. "Policy Surveillance in the G-20 Fossil Fuel Subsidies Agreement: Lessons for Climate Policy," Working Papers 2015.83, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    2. repec:spr:climat:v:144:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s10584-015-1506-z is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Aldy, Joseph E., 2017. "Designing and Updating a US Carbon Tax in an Uncertain World," Discussion Papers dp-17-01, Resources For the Future.
    4. repec:spr:climat:v:144:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s10584-015-1505-0 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Aldy, Joseph Edgar & Pizer, William, 2016. "Alternative Metrics for Comparing Domestic Climate Change Mitigation Efforts and the Emerging International Climate Policy Architecture," Scholarly Articles 22808338, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
    6. Scott Barrett & Astrid Dannenberg, 2016. "An experimental investigation into ‘pledge and review’ in climate negotiations," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 138(1), pages 339-351, September.

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