Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action

Global Policy (November 2015), Forthcoming

9 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2015

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Sander Chan

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE)

Harro van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute; University of Eastern Finland

Thomas Hale

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government

Kenneth W. Abbott

Arizona State University

Marianne Beisheim

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit

Matthew Hoffmann

University of Toronto - Department of Political Science

Brendan Guy

Natural Resources Defense Council

Niklas Höhne

NewClimate Institute; Wageningen UR - Environmental Systems Analysis Group

Angel Hsu

Yale University

Philipp Pattberg

VU University Amsterdam

Pieter Pauw

German Development Institute

Céline Ramstein

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations

Oscar Widerberg

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

As countries negotiate a new climate agreement for the Paris climate summit in December 2015, a groundswell of climate actions is emerging as cities, regions, businesses, and civil society groups act on mitigation and adaptation, independently, with each other and with national governments and international organizations. The Paris summit provides a historic opportunity to develop a framework to catalyze, support, and steer these initiatives. Without such a framework, “bottom-up” governance runs the risk of failing to deliver meaningful results. Social science research highlights the need for a comprehensive approach that promotes ambition, experimentation and accountability, and avoids unnecessary overlaps. This article specifies functions and design principles for a new, comprehensive framework for sub- and nonstate climate actions that could provide effective coordination.

Keywords: climate change, global governance, transnational governance, civil society, business

Suggested Citation

Chan, Sander and van Asselt, Harro and Hale, Thomas and Abbott, Kenneth Wayne and Beisheim, Marianne and Hoffmann, Matthew and Guy, Brendan and Höhne, Niklas and Hsu, Angel and Pattberg, Philipp and Pauw, Pieter and Ramstein, Céline and Widerberg, Oscar, Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action (September 1, 2015). Global Policy (November 2015), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654214

Sander Chan (Contact Author)

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE) ( email )

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Harro Van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute ( email )

Oxford
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University of Eastern Finland ( email )

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Thomas Hale

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government ( email )

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Kenneth Wayne Abbott

Arizona State University ( email )

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United States
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Marianne Beisheim

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit ( email )

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Matthew Hoffmann

University of Toronto - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Brendan Guy

Natural Resources Defense Council ( email )

1152 15th St NW #300
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Niklas Höhne

NewClimate Institute ( email )

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Cologne
Germany

Wageningen UR - Environmental Systems Analysis Group ( email )

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Netherlands

Angel Hsu

Yale University

Philipp Pattberg

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Pieter Pauw

German Development Institute ( email )

Tulpenfeld 4
Bonn, 53113
Germany

Céline Ramstein

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations ( email )

27 Rue Saint-Guillaume
Paris, 75337
France

Oscar Widerberg

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) ( email )

De Boelelaan 1115
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

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