1st Edition

Climate Governance across the Globe Pioneers, Leaders and Followers

    300 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    Xinlei Li

    3. India: From climate laggard to global solar energy leader

    Kirsten Jörgensen

    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’

    David Hall

    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


    Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel is Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Studies at the University of Hull where he is Director of the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS), UK.

    Mikael Skou Andersen is Professor of Environmental Policy Analysis at Aarhus University, Denmark.

    Paul Tobin is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.