Edited by Karin Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand
Chapter 24: International bureaucracies
AbstractThe landscape of international bureaucracies concerned with climate governance evolved rapidly and dynamically over the past decades. From an early phase when there was almost no international agency officially concerned with climate-related policy issues, the bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change emerged in the 1990s. With expeditiously growing negotiation dynamics, the bureaucratic infrastructures also developed into a pattern of multiple bureaucracies bound together with various forms of formalized and informal connections and interactions. Even under the umbrella of the UNFCCC secretariat bureaucratic structures evolved with the different dynamics of the negotiation process. Beyond this hub of international climate governance, numerous international agencies, such as other secretariats of international environmental treaties, developed into bureaucratic actors of climate governance. This chapter analyzes this development with regard to how and why international bureaucracies in the field of climate governance interact. Relevant factors to be studied include the growth of international treaties, the problem structure of climate governance, knowledge and communication and leadership.
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