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Climate Governance in the Developing World

  • A major new original collection examining the politics of climate governance in developing countries
  • With original research contributions by an international group of scholars, the book seeks to address questions of global climate governance, analysing policies ranging across Asia, Africa and the Americas
  • Offers the most comprehensive analysis thus far to understand the unique challenges of climate governance in the developing world
  • This highly accessible book will be of great interest to students, scholars, lay readers and practitioners interested in climate change and global governance issues, particularly as they affect the developing world

By: David Held(Editor), Charles Roger(Editor), Eva-Maria Nag(Editor)

284 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

Polity Press

Paperback | Jul 2013 | #207182 | ISBN-13: 9780745662770
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Hardback | Jul 2013 | #207523 | ISBN-13: 9780745662763
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About this book

Since 2009, a diverse group of developing states that includes China, Brazil, Ethiopia and Costa Rica has been advancing unprecedented pledges to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, offering new, unexpected signs of climate leadership. Some scholars have gone so far as to argue that these targets are now even more ambitious than those put forward by their wealthier counterparts. But what really lies behind these new pledges? What actions are being taken to meet them? And what stumbling blocks lie in the way of their realization?

In Climate Governance in the Developing World, an international group of scholars seeks to address these questions by analyzing the experiences of twelve states from across Asia, the Americas and Africa. The authors map the evolution of climate policies in each country and examine the complex array of actors, interests, institutions and ideas that has shaped their approaches. Offering the most comprehensive analysis thus far of the unique challenges that developing countries face in the domain of climate change, Climate Governance in the Developing World reveals the political, economic and environmental realities that underpin the pledges made by developing states, and which together determine the chances of success and failure.


List of Contributors

1. Editors' Introduction: Climate Governance in the Developing World David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag

Part I. Asia
2. A Green Revolution: China's Governance of Energy and Climate Change David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag
3. The Evolution of Climate Policy in India: Poverty and Global Ambition in Tension Aaron Atteridge
4. The Dynamics of Climate Governance in Indonesia Budy P. Resosudarmo, Fitrian Ardiansyah and Lucentezza Napitupulu
5. Low-Carbon Green Growth and South Korea's Governance of Climate Change Jae-Seung Lee

Part II. Americas
6. Discounting the Future: The Politics of Climate Change in Argentina Matias Franchini and Eduardo Viola
7. Controlling the Amazon: Brazil's Evolving Response to Climate Change David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag
8. Making "Peace with Nature": Costa Rica's Campaign for Climate Neutrality Robert Fletcher
9. A Climate Leader? The Politics and Practice of Climate Governance in Mexico Simone Pulver

Part III. Africa
10. Resources and Revenues: The Political Economy of Climate Initiatives in Egypt Jeannie Sowers
11. Ethiopia's Path to a Climate-Resilient Green Economy David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag
12. Reducing Climate Change Vulnerability in Mozambique: From Policy to Practice Angus Hervey and Jessica Blythe
13. Reaching the Crossroads: The Development of Climate Governance in South Africa Lesley Masters

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David Held is Master of University College and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University.

Charles Roger is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia and Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

Eva-Maria Nag is the Executive Editor of Global Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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