Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects

TitleEmergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsTosun, J, Boasson, E, Forster, J, Jordan, A, Huitema, D, Hildén, M, van Asselt, H, Rayner, T, Schoenefeld, J
JournalNature Climate Change
Keywordsclimate governance

The international climate regime represented by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been widely critiqued. However, 'new' dynamic forms of climate governing are appearing in alternative domains, producing a more polycentric pattern. Some analysts believe that the new forms will fill gaps in the existing regime, but this optimism is based on untested assumptions about their diffusion and performance. The advent of polycentric governance offers new opportunities for climate action, but it is too early to judge whether hopes about the effectiveness of emerging forms of climate governance are well founded.

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