International Climate Change Policy

Posted: 29 Oct 2018

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Gabriel Chan

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis - Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Robert Stavins

Harvard University

Zou Ji

Energy Foundation

Date Written: October 2018


International cooperation to address the threat of climate change has become more institutionally diverse over the past decade, reflecting multiple scales of governance and the growing inclusion of climate change issues in other policy arenas. Cooperation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has continued to evolve from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the 2015 Paris Agreement, while other governmental and private sector international fora for cooperation have arisen. As the level of activity in international cooperation on climate change mitigation has increased, so too has the related scholarly literature. In this review, we synthesize the literature on international climate change cooperation and identify key policy implications, as well as those findings most relevant for the research community. Our scope includes critical evaluation of the organization and implementation of agreements and instruments, retrospective analysis of cooperative efforts, and explanations of successes and failures.

Suggested Citation

Chan, Gabriel and Stavins, Robert and Ji, Zou, International Climate Change Policy (October 2018). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 335-360, 2018, Available at SSRN: or

Gabriel Chan (Contact Author)

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Robert Stavins

Harvard University ( email )

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Zou Ji

Energy Foundation ( email )

Beijing, 100004

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