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New Open Access book: Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?

Climate change governance is in a state of enormous flux. New and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing around the international climate regime centred on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This new, 20-chapter book on Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?, edited by Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt and Johanna Forster, presents the main findings of the Earth System Governance Project affiliated project INOGOV – Innovations in Climate Governance.

The publication brings together contributions from 40 of the world’s foremost experts, many of them Earth System Governance Fellows and Lead Faculty – Harriet Bulkeley, Michele Betsill, Thomas Hale, Matthew Hoffmann, Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson, Jan-Peter Voß, Elin Lerum Boasson, Duncan Liefferink, Jale Tosun, Philipp Pattberg, Sander Chan, Oscar Widerberg, Kenneth W. Abbott, Katja Biedenkopf, Jørgen Wettestad, Steven Bernstein and Liliana B. Andonova.

The book provides the first systematic test of the ability of polycentric thinking to explain and enhance societal attempts to govern climate change. It provides:

  • The first systematic application of polycentric theory in the area of climate change, offering a much more realistic appreciation of the potential and limits of polycentric governing
  • A novel attempt to comprehend climate governance as a single, evolving system, rather than a series of isolated parts
  • Many fresh insights by a diverse team of international experts on the most significant domains and processes of governing


The publication is linked to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the Open University of the Netherlands, launching in May 2018. For further details about the MOOC or the INOGOV network on innovations in climate policy governance, click here. To join the INOGOV network and receive information about many other outputs click here.

More information about the publication can be found here.

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