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International Climate Change Law and Policy
Cultural Legitimacy in Adaptation and Mitigation

Edited By

Thoko Kaime

ISBN 9781138666955
Published March 3, 2016 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Climate change poses fundamental and varied challenges to all communities across the globe. The adaptation and mitigation strategies proposed by governments and non-governmental organisations are likely to require radical and fundamental shifts in socio-political structures, technological and economic systems, organisational forms, and modes of regulation. The sheer volume of law and policy emanating from the international level makes it uncertain which type of regulatory or policy framework is likely to have a positive impact. The success or failure of proposed measures will depend on their acceptability within the local constituencies within which they are sought to be applied. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and theorise the role of cultural legitimacy in the choice and effectiveness of international legal and policy interventions aimed at tackling the impact of climate change.

The book brings together experts to present perspectives from different disciplines on the issue of international climate change law and policy. Beginning from the premise that legitimacy critiques of international climate change regulation have the capacity to positively influence policy trends and legal choices, the book showcases innovative ideas from across the disciplines and investigate the link between the efficacy of international legal and policy mechanisms on climate change and cultural legitimacy. The book includes chapters on with a theoretical basis as well as specific case-studies from around the globe. The topics covered include: land use planning as a tool of enhancing cultural legitimacy, indigenous peoples in international environmental negotiations, transnational advocacy networks, community-based forestry management and culture and voluntary social movements.

Table of Contents

    1. Cultural Legitimacy and International Law and Policy on Climate Change: An Introduction, Thoko Kaime   Part 1  2. Cultura, Legitimacy of Mitigation and Adaption to Climate Change: An Analytical Framework, Olanrewaju Fagbohun  3. Cultural Legitimacy and Regulatory Transitions for Climate Change: A Discursive Framework, Thoko Kaime  4. Climate Change Action "Got 'tween the Lawful Sheets", Kirk W. Junker   Part 2  5. Indigenous Peoples in International Environmental Negotiations: Evidence from Biodiversity and Climate Change, Carola Betzold & Ana├»d Flesken  6.  Voluntary Social Movements and Sufficiency Policies for Climate Change Adpation, Lucy Brown & Carl Dalhammar  7. The Behaviour Imperative: Unlocking the Potential of Everyday Change to Reduce Global Carbon Emissions, Beth Savan & Zannah Matson  8. Perceptions of Climate Risk in the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB), Canada and Impacts on Climate Policy Choice, Margot A. Hurlbert   9. Transnational Advocacy Networks in International Climate Policy: The Challenge of Raising the Voices of the Marginalized Effectively Without Compromising the Legitimacy, Jenni Kauppila  10. Incentives and the Culture of Recylcing, Pravin Jeyaraj  11. Institutional Rules in Action: A Multi-Level Analysis of Costa Rica's Payments for Environmental Services Programme, Melissa Bollman & Scott D. Hardy  12. Conclusion, Thoko Kaime

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Thoko Kaime is a Lecturer in law and Deputy Director of the Environmental and Regulatory Research Group at the University of Surrey, UK.