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Non‐ and sub‐state climate action after Paris: From a facilitative regime to a contested governance landscape

Marquardt, Jens ; Fast, Cornelia ; Grimm, Julia (2022)
Non‐ and sub‐state climate action after Paris: From a facilitative regime to a contested governance landscape.
In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2022, 13 (5)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00022890
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Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Non‐ and sub‐state climate action after Paris: From a facilitative regime to a contested governance landscape
Language: English
Date: 23 December 2022
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2022
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Journal or Publication Title: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Volume of the journal: 13
Issue Number: 5
Collation: 22 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022890
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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen

The Paris Agreement marks a significant milestone in international climate politics. With its adoption, Parties call for non‐ and sub‐state actors to contribute to the global climate agenda and close the emissions gap left by states. Such a facilitative setting embraces non‐state climate action through joint efforts, synergies, and different modes of collaboration. At the same time, non‐state actors have always played a critical and confrontational role in international climate governance. Based on a systematic literature review, we identify and critically assess the role of non‐state climate action in a facilitative post‐Paris climate governance regime. We thereby highlight three constitutive themes, namely different state‐non‐state relations, competing level of ambition, and a variety of knowledge foundations. We substantiate these themes, derived from an inductive analysis of existing literature, with illustrative examples and propose three paradigmatic non‐state actor roles in post‐Paris climate governance on a continuum between compliance and critique. We thereby highlight four particular threats of a facilitative setting, namely substitution of state action, co‐optation, tokenism, and depoliticization. Future research should not limit itself to an effective integration of NSSAs into a facilitative climate regime, but also engage with the merits of contestation.

Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change governance, contestation, environmental politics, non‐state actors, Paris Agreement, transformation
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-228902
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This article is categorized under: Policy and Governance > Multilevel and Transnational Climate Change Governance

Classification DDC: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2022 13:52
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 19:05
SWORD Depositor: Deep Green
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/22890
PPN: 503273708
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