Research Handbook on Climate Governance
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Research Handbook on Climate Governance

Edited by Karin Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand

The 2009 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen is often represented as a watershed in global climate politics, when the diplomatic efforts to negotiate a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol failed and was replaced by a fragmented and decentralized climate governance order. In the post-Copenhagen landscape the top-down universal approach to climate governance has gradually given way to a more complex, hybrid and dispersed political landscape involving multiple actors, arenas and sites. The Handbook contains contributions from more than 50 internationally leading scholars and explores the latest trends and theoretical developments of the climate governance scholarship.
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Chapter 26: Civil society

Dana R. Fisher and Anya M. Galli


How does civil society engage in climate governance and how do we understand the range of forms and tactics? This chapter presents a history of civil society involvement in climate change policymaking, discussing the diversity of actors involved and the insider and outsider tactics that they take. First, we provide a summary of the literature on civil society participation in climate governance, paying particular attention to the diversity of actors and actions. Second, building off of recent events that involve both insider and outsider tactics, we review the role that civil society has played as outsiders during international climate negotiations. Third and finally, we conclude by discussing the likely role that civil society will play as the climate regime continues to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

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