Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto by Matthew J. Hoffmann

Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto

byMatthew J. Hoffmann

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The global response to climate change has reached a critical juncture. Since the 1992 signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the nations of the world have attempted to address climate change through large-scale multilateral treaty-making. These efforts have beenheroic, but disappointing. As evidence for the quickening pace of climate change mounts, the treaty-making process has sputtered, and many are now skeptical about the prospect of an effective global response. Yet global treaty-making is not the only way that climate change can be addressed or,indeed, is being addressed. In the last decade myriad initiatives have emerged across the globe independently from, or only loosely connected to, the "official" UN-sponsored negotiations and treaties. In the face of stalemate in the formal negotiations, the world is experimenting with alternate means of responding to climatechange. Climate Governance at the Crossroads chronicles these innovations - how cities, provinces and states, citizen groups, and corporations around the globe are addressing the causes and symptoms of global warming. The center of gravity in the global response to climate change is shifting fromthe multilateral treaty-making process to the diverse activities found beyond the negotiating halls. These innovations are pushing the envelope of climate action and demonstrating what is possible, and they provide hope that the world will respond effectively to the climate crisis. In introducing climate governance "experiments" and examining the development and functioning of this new world of climate policy-making, this book provides an exciting new perspective on the politics of climate change and the means to understand and influence how the global response to climatechange will unfold in the coming years.

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Matthew J. Hoffmann is Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough and in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He teaches and pursues research on climate change politics, global governance, multilateral treaty-making, complex ...
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Title:Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after KyotoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsPreface and Acknowledgements1. Into the Void2. The World of Climate Governance Experimentation3. Making Sense of Climate Governance Experimentation4. Experimenting in Practice5. Experimenting with Cities and Technology6. Constructing Carbon Markets7. Lost in the Void or Filling the Void?AppendixList of Interviews UndertakenWorks CitedIndex