Climate Governance in the Developing World

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The industrialized world has traditionally constituted the “frontline” in the global battle against climate change. Unfortunately, despite some limited accomplishments, it has been largely unsuccessful. However, since 2009, a diverse group of developing states such as China, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica has been advancing unprecedented pledges to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions, offering new, unexpected signs of climate leadership. Some scholars have gone so far as to argue that their targets are now ...
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Overview

The industrialized world has traditionally constituted the “frontline” in the global battle against climate change. Unfortunately, despite some limited accomplishments, it has been largely unsuccessful. However, since 2009, a diverse group of developing states such as China, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica has been advancing unprecedented pledges to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions, offering new, unexpected signs of climate leadership. Some scholars have gone so far as to argue that their 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 this book, 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 diverse 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a book of considerable value not only to governments and other stakeholders in the developing world, but to others across the globe as well. The principle of “common but differentiated responsibility” really needs considerable analysis and interpretation for application in different parts of the world. This book very ably reviews global developments and developing country initiatives to highlight the choices, opportunities and challenges facing the developing world in the field of climate governance. Given the very readable material presented in these pages, I would recommend this piece of literature to anyone interested in climate issues across the globe."
Rajendra K. Pachauri, Yale University

"This valuable book once and for all dispels the myth that developing countries are unwilling to take action to confront climate change. By disentangling the complex motivations and incentives facing policy-makers, and the obstacles they face, this is important reading for all who want to understand how all countries can be encouraged to become part of the solution to climate change."
Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute

"The large developing countries are essential to the global effort on climate change. This book by people with deep expertise in each country tells us with authority what they are doing and how. High quality work on an important subject."
Ross Garnaut, University of Melbourne

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745662763
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Abbreviations

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 Matías 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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