The Scale of Networks? Local Climate Change Coalitions

28 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2007 Last revised: 19 Oct 2014

Hari M. Osofsky

Penn State Law (University Park)

Janet Koven Levit

University of Tulsa - College of Law


This Essay considers how cities' climate advocacy fits into regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and impacts. In particular, it integrates Janet Levit's exploration of bottom-up lawmaking with Hari Osofsky's work on law and geography to examine the role of cities in transnational environmental networks. Using the examples of Tulsa and Portland, the piece considers the scale of U.S. cities' involvement in the problem of climate change and the implications of these efforts for climate policy. It argues that a "bottom-up networking" approach to understanding these municipal initiatives illuminates a richer version of their regulatory role critical to making progress on this pressing problem.

Keywords: climate change, cities, local govenment, international law, geography, pluralism, network, theory, bottom-up

Suggested Citation

Osofsky, Hari M. and Levit, Janet Koven, The Scale of Networks? Local Climate Change Coalitions. Chicago Journal of International Law, Vol. 8, 409, 2008. Available at SSRN:

Hari M. Osofsky (Contact Author)

Penn State Law (University Park) ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

Janet Koven Levit

University of Tulsa - College of Law ( email )

John Rogers Hall
3120 E. 4th Pl.
Tulsa, OK 74104
United States

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