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Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?

The new book “Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?” has just appeared at Cambridge University Press with contributions of (current and former) SENSE researchers Lisa Sanderink, Oscar Widerberg, Philipp Pattberg, Sander Chan and Harro van Asselt (IVM-VU) and Robbert Biesbroek (WUR).

Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?

Edited by Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt and Johanna Forster, Cambridge University Press.

Climate change governance is in a state of enormous flux. New and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing around the international climate regime centred on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Some appear to be emerging spontaneously, producing a more dispersed pattern of governing, which Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom described as 'polycentric'.

This new 20-chapter book with Cambridge University Press brings together contributions from 40 of the world's foremost experts to provide the first systematic test of the ability of polycentric thinking to explain and enhance societal attempts to govern climate change. It provides

  • The first systematic application of polycentric theory in the area of climate change, offering a much more realistic appreciation of the potential and limits of polycentric governing
  • A novel attempt to comprehend climate governance as a single, evolving system, rather than a series of isolated parts
  • many fresh insights by a diverse team of international experts on the most significant domains and processes of governing

Expert contributions from:
Harriet Bulkeley, Michele Betsill, Thomas Hale, Matthew Hoffmann, Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson, Jan-Peter Voß, Elin Lerum Boasson, Duncan Liefferink, Jale Tosun, Kenneth W. Abbott, Katja Biedenkopf, Jørgen Wettestad, Steven Bernstein and Liliana B. Andonova

> Open access download and further details

The book is linked to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the Open University of the Netherlands, launching in May 2018.

> Further details about the MOOC or the INOGOV network on innovations in climate policy governance

Tuesday 8 May 2018