Introduction

Welcome to the short course Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?
This is the short version of a more intense course on polycentric climate governance. You can just follow this short course, but you can also follow-up with the longer course in September 2018.


In this course you will study governance responses to climate change. For many years the global community held expectations that the global challenge of climate change could be governed at the global level through a binding agreement between national governments. However, this proved exceedingly difficult to fully accomplish, and as a result, we now see a much more complex and dispersed climate governance landscape which spans local, national and transnational levels. This points towards the emergence of a more ‘polycentric’ climate governance system. This insight led to the creation of a new agenda-setting textbook titled ‘Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?’ by the INOGOV network, which is published by Cambridge University Press and is available online in a fully open access format. This book is the foundational text for this online course.

Please make sure you have read the general information about this course, which explains the structure of the course into more detail, which you can find here.

This is a short video introduction to the idea of polycentric governance and why it matters for climate change (NOTE: The information in the final 20 seconds is for the full course, which you can choose to take after this introduction if you wish):

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