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


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2015

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
Fax: +615 322 7012
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


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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

Published Papers

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Last update: 20 April 2015

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