This book takes an innovative approach to studying international climate governance by providing a critical analysis of climate leadership, pioneership and followership across the globe.
The volume assesses the interactions between climate leaders, pioneers and followers, across multilevel and/or polycentric climate governance contexts. Examining the state and sub-state levels in both the Global South and Global North, as well as regional, supranational EU and international climate governance levels, the authors explore 16 countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe, and Central and North America, plus the European Union. Each chapter employs a comprehensive and consistent framework for analyzing leadership and pioneership, as well as followership. The findings provide new insights into the strategies and actions of sub-state, state-level, and supranational leaders and pioneers.
This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in environmental politics and climate change governance, as well as those interested in political elites, EU studies and, more broadly, comparative politics and international relations.
Part 1: Introduction
1. Introduction: Climate governance across the globe: pioneers, leaders and followers
Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel, Mikael Skou Andersen and Paul Tobin
Part 2: Global South
2. China: Emerging low-carbon pioneers at city level
3. India: From climate laggard to global solar energy leader
4. Costa Rica and Vietnam: Pioneers in green transformations
Frauke Urban, Giuseppina Siciliano, Alonso Villalobos, Dang Nguyen Anh and Markus Lederer
5. Rhetoric and reality in New Zealand’s climate leadership: ‘My generation’s nuclear-free moment’
6. Multilevel climate governance in Brazil and Indonesia: Domestic pioneership and leadership in the Global South
Markus Lederer, Chris Höhne, Fee Stehle, Thomas Hickmann and Harald Fuhr
Part 3: United States and Europe
7. Climate change politics and policy in the United States: Forward, reverse and through the looking glass
Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer
8. European Union leadership before, during and after the Paris Conference of the Parties
Paul Tobin and Nicole M. Schmidt
9. Climate policy in Germany: Pioneering a complex transformation process
Sibyl Steuwer and Julia Hertin
10. Lessons from climate action in the UK: The limitations of state leadership
Jeremy F.G. Moulton
11. Governance, green finance and global climate advocacy of the Nordic countries: Small state syndrome or novel middle power?
Mikael Skou Andersen
12. Ireland's Citizens' Assembly on climate change: Institutional pioneership by a climate laggard?
Diarmuid Torney, Laura Devaney and Pat Brereton
13. Switzerland: International commitments and domestic drawbacks
Marlene Kammerer, Karin Ingold and Johann Dupuis
Part 4: Conclusion
14. Conclusion: Pioneers, leaders and followers in multilevel and polycentric climate governance reassessed
Paul Tobin, Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel and Mikael Skou Andersen