Accountability

The more regulatory competence and authority is conferred upon larger institutions and systems of governance—especially at the global level—the more we will be confronted with questions of how to ensure the accountability and legitimacy of governance. Simply put, we are faced with the need to understand the democratic quality of earth system governance. What are the sources of accountability and legitimacy in earth system governance? What are the effects of different forms and degrees of accountability and legitimacy for the performance of governance systems? How can mechanisms of transparency ensure accountable and legitimate earth system governance? What institutional designs can produce the accountability and legitimacy of earth system governance in a way that guarantees balances of interests and perspectives?

Upcoming Events

14-04-2016 - 15-04-2016
2016 School of Social Sciences International Conference: The Social Sciences, Good Governance and Sustainable Development Goals

Organized by the School of Social Sciences at the University of Ghana and endorsed by the Earth System Governance Project


Accra, Ghana
24-06-2016 - 25-06-2016
Disclosing Sustainability: The Transformative Power of Transparency?

Organized by the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, sponsored, among others, by the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment and Society (ISA-RC24), and the Earth System Governance Project. 


Wageningen, The Netherlands
07-12-2016 - 09-12-2016
2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: “Confronting Complexity and Inequality"

The Nairobi Conference has been designed to provide a lively forum to hundreds of scholars for joint discussions, the exchange of new insights, and the examination of the core ideas that underlie earth system governance and global sustainability.


Nairobi, Kenya

Publications

Author(s) Titlesort icon Year
Pattberg, Philipp., Fariborz Zelli (editors). Environmental Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene: Institutions and Legitimacy in a Complex World. London and New York: Routledge. 2016
Anderson, Paul. Which Direction for International Environmental Law?. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment , 6(1): 98–126. 2015
Baber, Walter F., Robert V. Bartlett. Consensus and Global Environmental Governance: Deliberative Democracy in Nature's Regime. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2015
Habtezion, Senay., Ibidun Adelekan, Emmanuel Aiyede, Frank Biermann, Margaret Fubara, Christopher Gordon, Kwabena Gyekye, Emmanuel Kasimbazi, Robert Kibugi, Elaine Lawson, Adelina Mensah, Chipo Mubaya, Felix Olorunfemi, Alexander Paterson, Debay Tadesse, Raheem Usman, and Ruben Zondervan. Earth System Governance in Africa: knowledge and capacity needs. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14: 198–205. 2015
Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Sylvia I. The Legitimation of Global Energy Governance: A Normative Exploration. F. Mancebo and I. Sachs (eds.). Transitions to Sustainability119-130. Dordrecht, Springer. 2015

People

Dr. Paul Anderson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Prof. Karin Bäckstrand, Lund University, Sweden
Dona Barirani, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Carola Betzold, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof. Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Lau Blaxekjaer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gregory Borne, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Dr. Sarah Burch, University of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. Tim Cadman, Griffith University, Australia
Prof. Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo; and CIGI Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada