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Deliverable 4.1

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Key Concepts, Core Challenges and Governance Functions of International Climate Governance


This report:

  1. Identifies the key governance challenges that exist internationally towards the deep transformations required for low-carbon societies;
  2. Specifies the resulting key governance functions to be fulfilled by means of international cooperation (international institutions).

It first clarifies a number of key concepts, including international climate governance, transnational institutions and institutional.

Secondly, the report derives a number of functions that international institutions can fulfil from the relevant theoretical and conceptual literature. This provides the basis for an investigation into the key governance challenges and the potential of international governance in 14 key sectoral systems.

Our sectoral approach enables a differentiated and detailed analysis of the varying demand for international institutions’ performance of governance functions. The demand for the performance of most governance functions varies significantly in accordance with the specific conditions and circumstances prevailing in each system.

This analysis moves towards taking into account the multifaceted nature of this challenge in various relevant sectors and contexts. It also leads us to realise that various sectoral systems need to be further disaggregated to get a grip on the underlying structural problems and related demands for international governance.

We find that different sectoral systems and different parts of sectoral systems require appropriately adapted responses and create varying demands for international governance.


Published: 29th September 2017
Author: S. Oberthür et al.