Edited by Peter Dauvergne
Harriet Bulkeley1 and Heike Schroeder One of the most significant trends within the body of work concerned with global environmental politics over the past decade has been the increasing recognition afforded to the multiple actors engaged in governing global environmental affairs at different sites and levels of political authority.2 If a decade ago the taken-for-granted assumption was that global environmental politics happened somewhere that could be readily identified as a global political arena, work in the field has begun to challenge such an approach3 and opened up our understanding of the political spaces within which global environmental politics is taking place. Instrumental in this shift has been the increasing scholarship on the role of cities in the global environmental politics. As one of the most counterintuitive sites for the examination of global environmental politics, this research has sought to demonstrate the critical ways in which such issues, primarily climate change, are being governed in the urban arena. Through this body of work, two key issues have been explored. First, research has identified the transnational organization of urban responses to climate change as critical both in terms of understanding the emergent landscape of climate governance and in creating the capacity to act locally. The emergence of transnational municipal networks for climate governance has created new forms of political authority that are neither wholly public nor wholly private in character, and that raise significant questions concerning the ways in which state-based actors govern in the global polity.4 Second, scholarship has sought to...
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