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Politische Vierteljahresschrift

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 187–190 | Cite as

Jordan, Andrew, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, and Johanna Forster (Eds.) (2018): Governing Climate Change. Polycentricity in Action?

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 440 pages. 112.25 €.
  • Marcel J. DorschEmail author
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Global collective action to effectively limit global warming to 1.5–2 °C is still largely insufficient. However, today, the landscape of climate governance is characterized by an unprecedented range and diversity of “action”. For long, “governing climate change” was seen as an almost exclusive task for international multilateralism, with the IPCCs (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scientific contributions providing the basis to negotiate treaties within the central intergovernmental arena of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) that then can trickle top-down. Newly emerging climate action—from individuals, local groups, cities and communities, private actors, regions and states, civil society, nation states, state coalitions or transnational networks—were predominantly analyzed either as (ineffective) complexity and fragmentation, as (insufficient) substitute for multilateral gridlock or not acknowledged as relevant at all. It was a valuable...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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