Special Issue "Measuring the Impact of Public-Private Governance for Climate Change"


A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2016

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment, USA
Website: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/user/115713
Phone: 615 343-1041
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Interests: climate change; sustainable development; energy; clean technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

By all accounts, the top-down governance approach to dealing with climate change (i.e. nation-states negotiating an international treaty) has been a failure to date.  This does not mean, however, that other forms of governance—involving public, private, and non-governmental actors—have been abandoned.  Indeed, what might be termed “bottom-up” governance to address climate change appears to be thriving.

While it is relatively easy to list and characterize the multitude of efforts now underway, it is imperative that we begin to assess their impact and effectiveness.  This special issue is devoted to highlighting articles that seek to measure the impact of individual or multiple governance initiatives, involving public, private, and non-governmental actors (and combinations thereof).  No a priori method for assessing effectiveness is implied.  If the claim, for example, is that we are establishing a societal norm through certain activities, questions must be asked, how do we know it and how do we measure it?  Are there ripple effects from individual initiatives that can be traced and measured?  Are the impacts from one sector, for example, transferring to another sector, and what are the mechanisms for such transfers?  Clearly, it is time to step back from the dazzle of burgeoning governance structures and begin to assess what they mean.

Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • climate governance
  • public-private governance
  • partnerships
  • civil regulation
  • transnational governance
  • collaborative governance
  • private governance
  • private sustainability governance
  • “bottom-up governance”
  • global carbon governance

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Climate 2015, 3(3), 715-726; doi:10.3390/cli3030715
Received: 21 May 2015 / Revised: 22 August 2015 / Accepted: 25 August 2015 / Published: 28 August 2015
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Bottom-Up Climate Risk Governance in the Public Sector: Portland’s Influence on the State of Oregon
Mark Stephan1, Dorothy M. Daley2, and Troy D. Abel3, *
1. Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences 2. Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Science 3. Huxley College of the Environment
Increasing levels of urbanization highlight the importance of cities in addressing climate change. Indeed, in a range of countries, including the United States, innovative city governments have been leading the charge in forging creative approaches to this global commons challenge. While a range of scholars have explored these types of policies, there has been less emphasis focused on how local governments may motivate other, larger governments to engage in climate governance. This study closely analyzes the ways in which one city, Portland, has pressured its surrounding state of Oregon to do more on climate change.  In so doing we gain a more nuanced understanding of  bottom-up climate risk governance, including analyzing the roles of private and non-governmental actors who have worked with Portland to change the climate change policy landscape for state government. Our research uses a combination of interviews and document analysis. This project is a part of a larger three year study of climate risk governance across US states.

Last update: 24 November 2015

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