Special Issue on 'Varieties of Climate Governance' in Environmental Politics (all articles)

Special Issue on 'Varieties of Climate Governance' in Environmental Politics (all articles)

Environmental Politics, 8 November 2021

Discussions in climate governance have focused on national targets and climate policies. But a critical ingredient is relatively absent: climate institutions. Yet, formal institutions are essential if countries are to devise realistic low-carbon strategies, manage the complex politics of transitions, and coordinate across diverse ministries and actors. 

To lay the ground for a more substantive discussion on climate institutions, we are pleased to share a special issue of Environmental Politics on the 'Varieties of Climate Governance’, edited by Navroz K. Dubash.

Drawing on cases spanning eight countries - four developed and four developing - with an analytical overview, we examine the conditions under which climate institutions emerge, the forms they take, and the governance functions they serve.

All articles in this special issue are open access and freely downloadable through the links below.

Articles in the issue: 

  1. Introduction - Varieties of climate governance: the emergence and functioning of climate institutions, By Navroz K. Dubash
  2. A hard Act to follow? The evolution and performance of UK climate governance, By Matthew Lockwood
  3. Climate institutions in Brazil: three decades of building and dismantling climate capacity, By Kathryn Hochstetler
  4. The development of climate institutions in the United States, By Matto Mildenberger
  5. The limits of opportunism: the uneven emergence of climate institutions in India, By Aditya Valiathan Pillai & Navroz K. Dubash
  6. Germany’s Federal Climate Change Act, By Christian Flachsland & Sebastian Levi
  7. The evolution of climate governance in China: drivers, features, and effectiveness, By Fei Teng & Pu Wang
  8. Swimming against the current: Australian climate institutions and the politics of polarisation, By Robert MacNeil
  9. Institutionalising decarbonisation in South Africa: navigating climate mitigation and socio-economic transformation, By Emily Tyler & Kathryn Hochstetler