New paper: Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action

November 26, 2015 in Publications by Oscar Widerberg

We’re proud and happy to have been part of an outstanding team of researchers that produced a new paper published in Global Policy called Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action. Under the excellent leadership of Sander Chan (DIE), Harro van Asselt (SEI-Oxford) and Thomas Hale (Oxford University), parts of the CONNECT team, Philipp Pattberg and Oscar Widerberg, have contributed to developing a  “comprehensive framework for sub- and nonstate climate actions”.

As countries negotiate a new climate agreement for the United Nations climate conference in December 2015, a groundswell of climate actions is emerging as cities, regions, businesses and civil society groups act on mitigation and adaptation, independently, with each other and with national governments and international organizations. The Paris conference provides a historic opportunity to establish a framework to catalyse, support, and steer these initiatives. Without such a framework, ‘bottom-up’ climate governance runs the risk of failing to deliver meaningful results. Social science research highlights the need for a comprehensive approach that promotes ambition, experimentation and accountability, and avoids unnecessary overlaps. This article specifies functions and design principles for a new, comprehensive framework for sub- and nonstate climate actions that could provide effective coordination.

The full paper is currently accessible via Open Access on the Global Policy homepage.