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Democratizing Climate Governance

Stevenson, Hayley, John S. Dryzek. 2014. Democratizing Climate Governance. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Abstract

Climate change presents a large, complex and seemingly intractable set of problems that are unprecedented in their scope and severity. Given that climate governance is generated and experienced internationally, effective global governance is imperative; yet current modes of governance have failed to deliver. Hayley Stevenson and John Dryzek argue that effective collective action depends crucially on questions of democratic legitimacy. Spanning topics of multilateral diplomacy, networked governance, representation, accountability, protest and participation, this book charts the failures and successes of global climate governance to offer fresh proposals for a deliberative system which would enable meaningful communication, inclusion of all affected interests, accountability and effectiveness in dealing with climate change; one of the most vexing issues of our time.

The book adopts a holistic view of global climate governance to encompass multilateral and networked governance; challenges traditional assumptions by democratic and international relations theorists, and offers a fresh appraisal of existing global climate governance and considers the potential for democratic reform.

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