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New Actors and Mechanisms of Global Governance

Frank Biermann

in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566600
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566600.003.0046

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

New Actors and Mechanisms of Global Governance

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The development of global governance to coordinate national responses to climate change is a key challenge for politicians and political scientists. The current negotiation of a long-term governance system, one of the most demanding global institution-building efforts ever, has been compared to the creation of the United Nations Organization. This tremendous challenge has given rise to a number of governance innovations in world politics. Climate governance is marked by high uncertainties both analytical and normatively, high degrees of functional, spatial, and temporal interdependence and high degrees of stakes. The impacts of climate change may be severe for many nations, threatening economic systems or food production and maybe even requiring relocation of affected communities. Three broad clusters of innovation are outlined in this article. Finally, the article suggests that the current system of largely fragmented, multi-layered climate governance is in need of reform to provide for a strong global regulatory environment.

Keywords: global governance; climate change; governance; world politics; global regulatory environment

Article.  5418 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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