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Fariborz Zelli

Fariborz Zelli

Professor | Principal Investigator BECC

Fariborz Zelli

Institutional Interlinkages


  • Thomas Hickmann
  • Harro van Asselt
  • Sebastian Oberthür
  • Lisa Sanderink
  • Oscar Widerberg
  • Fariborz Zelli


  • Frank Biermann
  • Rakhyun E. Kim

Summary, in English

Given the regulatory gap in earth system governance, numerous new governance initiatives, such as multilateral clubs, private certification schemes and multi-stakeholder forums, have emerged to tackle transboundary environmental challenges. This plethora of different governance initiatives has led to a significant increase in the institutional complexity of global (environmental) policymaking and to more interlinkages between such institutions. Chapter 6 perceives dyadic institutional interlinkages as a key ‘microscopic’ structural feature of the overall global governance landscape and most basic building blocks or units of analysis in current scholarship on global governance architectures. After defining the term institutional interlinkages, we synthesize the literature on institutional interlinkages with a particular view on the expansion of interlinkages across different governance levels and scales. Against this backdrop, we examine to what extent the existing concepts and typologies of institutional interlinkages can capture the various new interlinkages between different kinds of institutions in earth system governance.


  • Department of Political Science
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publishing year







Architectures of Earth System Governance : Institutional Complexity and Structural Transformation

Document type

Book chapter


Cambridge University Press


  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary




  • ISBN: 978-1108489515
  • ISBN: 9781108784641