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Fariborz Zelli

Fariborz Zelli

Associate professor

Fariborz Zelli

The Fragmentation of the Climate Governance Architecture

Author

  • Fariborz Zelli

Summary, in English

The term fragmentation implies that policy domains are marked by a patchwork of public and private institutions that differ in their character, constituencies, spatial scope, subject matter, and objectives. While the degree of fragmentation varies across issue areas and their respective architectures, global climate politics is characterized by an advanced state of institutional diversity. In recent years, scholars have increasingly addressed this emerging phenomenon of international relations. The article finds that the predominant focus of these studies has been on dyadic overlaps, i.e., interlinkages between two institutions, and less on the overarching level of entire architectures and their degree of fragmentation. This goes in particular for research on the global climate change architecture. Many studies have attended to the relationship between the United Nations climate regime and other institutions: multilateral technology partnerships, regimes regulating other environmental domains like ozone or biological diversity, and regimes from non-environmental issue areas like the world trade regime. However, a cross-cutting account of these overlaps which addresses the overall implications of institutional fragmentation on climate change is still missing. As possible areas for further research the article identifies: consequences of fragmentation (e.g., a new division of labor or increased inter-institutional conflict), fragmentation management and conditions of its effectiveness; theory-driven analyses on the reasons of fragmentation within and across policy domains.

Department/s

  • BECC - Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publishing year

2011

Language

English

Pages

255-270

Publication/Series

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

Volume

2

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

John Wiley and Sons

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • fragmentation
  • climate change
  • Governance
  • Global Governance
  • International organisations
  • institutions
  • complexity
  • Interplay
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • UNFCCC
  • climate governance

Status

Published

Research group

  • Miljöpolitik

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1757-7799