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The international community is escalating its efforts to deal with the energy and environmental challenges of our time through international fora such as the United Nations climate negotiations, yet all international pledges and commitments must be rooted in national policies and programs. While the previous generation of global environmental politics research focused primarily on environmental treaty making, this new era of environmental governance has shifted to a need to better understand the development and implementation of national and sub-national policies. This requires both an in-depth understanding of domestic contexts as well as a complex understanding of the relationship between state actors across all levels of governance as well as non-state actors.
Few studies exist, however, to systematically address the domestic energy and environmental policy strategies of the world's nations. National and subnational solutions also are being increasingly viewed as vital in the face of international negotiation stalemates. In addition, as developing and emerging economies play ever increasing roles in global energy and climate challenges and solutions, more focus on these regions is particularly important. This series of inter-disciplinary social science manuscripts addressing national and subnational units of analysis will aim to fill these gaps, offering scholars, analysts, and policymakers an important resource.