Climate Governance and Federalism

The majority of the world’s largest carbon emitters are either federations or have adopted systems of decentralised governance. The realisation of the world’s climate mitigation objectives therefore depends in large part on whether and how governments within federal systems can co-operate to reduce carbon emissions and catalyse the emergence of low-carbon societies.

This volume brings together leading experts to explore whether federal or decentralised systems help or hinder efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It reviews the opportunities and challenges federalism offers for the development and implementation of climate mitigation and adaption policies and identifies the conditions that influence the outcomes of climate governance. Including in-depth case studies of fourteen different jurisdictions, this is an essential resource for academics, policymakers, and practitioners interested in climate governance and the best practices for enhancing climate action.

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