Climate Governance in the Developing World [NOOK 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 ...
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Climate Governance in the Developing World

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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 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 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.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A well-informed and thorough account of how [developing]nations are managing their climate change policies"
Perspectives on Politics

"Of great value to both the scholarly world and the policyworld. The quality of the research is consistently high across allthe chapters, and the editors have ensured an excellent degree ofanalytical cohesion."
LSE Review of Books

"An excellent reference for anyone concerned with the directionof climate policy in rising economies around the world."
Reference and Research Book News

"This valuable book once and for all dispels the myth thatdeveloping countries are unwilling to take action to confrontclimate change. By disentangling the complex motivations andincentives facing policy-makers, and the obstacles they face, thisis important reading for all who want to understand how allcountries can be encouraged to become part of the solution toclimate change."
Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute

"This is a book of considerable value not only to governmentsand other stakeholders in the developing world, but to othersacross the globe as well. The principle of 'common butdifferentiated responsibility' really needs considerable analysisand interpretation for application in different parts of the world.This book very ably reviews global developments and developingcountry initiatives to highlight the choices, opportunities andchallenges facing the developing world in the field of climategovernance. Given the very readable material presented in thesepages, I would recommend this piece of literature to anyoneinterested in climate issues across the globe."
Rajendra K. Pachauri, Yale University

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

"This volume is a thoroughly readable and utterly fascinatingpractical attempt to map climate governance in a set of importantdeveloping countries. It takes a significant step towards filling asizeable, even cavernous, research gap."
Environmental Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745670478
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/24/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,165,022
  • File size: 2 MB

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

Contributors vii

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

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

Part I Asia

2. A Green Revolution: China’s Governance of Energy and Climate Change 29
David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag

3. The Evolution of Climate Policy in India: Poverty and Global Ambition in Tension 53
Aaron Atteridge

4. The Dynamics of Climate Change Governance in Indonesia 72
Budy P. Resosudarmo, Fitrian Ardiansyah and Lucentezza Napitupulu

5. Low Carbon Green Growth and Climate Change Governance in South Korea 91
Jae-Seung Lee

Part II Americas

6. Discounting the Future: The Politics of Climate Change in Argentina 113
Matías Franchini and Eduardo Viola

7. Controlling the Amazon: Brazil’s Evolving Response to Climate Change 134
David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag

8. Making ‘Peace with Nature’: Costa Rica’s Campaign for Climate Neutrality 155
Robert Fletcher

9. A Climate Leader? The Politics and Practice of Climate Governance in Mexico 174
Simone Pulver

Part III Africa

10. Resources and Revenues: The Political Economy of Climate Initiatives in Egypt 199
Jeannie Sowers

11. Ethiopia’s Path to a Climate-Resilient Green Economy 218
David Held, Charles Roger and Eva-Maria Nag

12. Reducing Climate Change Vulnerability in Mozambique: From Policy to Practice 238
Angus Hervey and Jessica Blythe

13. Reaching the Crossroads: The Development of Climate Governance in South Africa 258
Lesley Masters

Index 277

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