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CfP – ECPR General Conference 2011 and Joint Sessions 2011

Earth System Governance researchers are organising panels at the 6th ECPR General Conference (Reykjavik, Iceland) and the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in 2011 (St Gallen, Switzerland) and are calling for papers.

The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is an independent, scholarly association, established in 1970. It supports and encourages the training, research and cross-national co-operation of political scientists throughout Europe and beyond.

The new geopolitics of climate change after the Copenhagen summit

European Consortium for Political Research
6th ECPR General Conference
University of Iceland
25-27 August 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland

The Transformation of Global Climate Governance: Assessing Architecture, Agency and Accountability

European Consortium for Political Research
ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in 2011
University of St Gallen
12-17 April 2011, St Gallen, Switzerland

Organised by: Karin Bäckstrand, Lund University; and Eva Lövbrand, Linköping University Organised by: Johannes Stripple, Lund University; and Philipp Pattberg, VU University Amsterdam

The aim of the panel is to take stock of global climate policy after the disappointed outcome at the 2009 UN climate summit Copenhagen, which marked a turning in point in global climate politics. The summit can be conceived of as a watershed in climate politics with the rise of a new multi-polar climate order geared toward the US-Pacific and a decline of UN climate multilateralism. Consequently, the Copenhagen summit has been interpreted as the return to the geopolitics of climate change. The multilateral negotiations replaced by a G2 bargaining between China and the US during the last day of frantic efforts to secure a political agreement. Specifically, the panel addresses the following related questions: What are the prospects for a new global legally binding climate treaty modelled on the Kyoto Protocol with universal participation and quantitative carbon emissions? What are the implications of the Copenhagen Accord for the global climate governance architecture? What does the failure in Copenhagen entail for EU:s aspiration to leadership in global climate politics? Furthermore, this panel invites papers appraising climate governance beyond multilateral climate diplomacy. What are the impacts of the Copenhagen outcomes for the wider processes of transnational climate governance, which are characterized by the rise of public, private and hybrid networks engaged in governance function such as rulemaking, information sharing and capacity building? Beyond the UN climate regime, climate policies emerge at municipal and sub-national levels entailing corporate actors, civil society actors, public-private partnerships, and the global and regional carbon markets. Terms such as ‘global governance architecture’ and the ‘regime complex’ of climate change reflect the growing complexity of climate governance. Finally, this panel invites papers that compares the development of climate change politics and policies in five large polities (US, EU, China, Brazil and India) that constitute different kinds of policymaking systems.

Deadline for Proposals: 1 February 2011

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Global Environmental Change is one of the great challenges humankind is facing today and almost no part of planet earth has remained unaffected by the expansion of the human species. The daunting challenge from a social science perspective is how to develop effective and equitable governance solutions for today’s global problems. Within this context, the diminishing problem-solving capacity of the nation state and the international state-system is a concern for a growing number of scholars. Increasingly, researchers and practitioners alike acknowledge that solutions to the challenges of global change do not exclusively originate from governments and international organisations, but emerge from the activities of non-state ac-tors whose authority is contested and whose legitimacy is questionable. One crucial issue area where this transformation of governance is most visible but little understood is climate change. To close this research gap, this ECPR workshop focuses on the current transformation of global climate governance (the new mechanisms and activities of non-state actors related to mitigating carbon dioxide emissions). Crucially, we need to more systematically analyze three profound trends: first, the commodification of climate governance (the process of turning carbon into a tradable commodity); second, the de-territorialization of climate governance (the process of regulating carbon emissions beyond national territories and state sovereignty); and third the hybridization of climate governance (the process of involving private actors in climate change politics). None of these profound changes is sufficiently understood as social scientists have only just begun to conceptualize climate governance beyond the state.

Deadline for Proposals: 1 December 2011.

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