Applying an empirical evaluation to the governance legitimacy of carbon offset mechanisms on the basis of stakeholder perceptions

Cadman, Tim (2013) Applying an empirical evaluation to the governance legitimacy of carbon offset mechanisms on the basis of stakeholder perceptions. In: Climate change and global policy regimes: towards institutional legitimacy. International Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, Hants. United Kingdom, pp. 79-95. ISBN 978-1-137-00611-0

Abstract

Perceptions of climate governance quality vary greatly amongst regime participants from the global North and South, and across stakeholder sectors, with implications for the current design and future directions in market-based approaches to climate change management. Given the predicted social and environmental problems as a consequence of climate change, it will become increasingly important to determine whether the policy programmes aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions are solving the problem and changing behaviour, or whether they are in fact contributing to perverse outcomes. This paper presents a framework of principles, criteria and indicators for the evaluation of the United Nations Programme for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ('REDD-plus') and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). This is tested by means of a small-n survey of state and non- state participants from both the developed and developing countries, and including the Asia- Pacific region. The survey results reveal generally higher ratings for REDD+ amongst Southern participants than in the North. A number of caveats are placed on the interpretation of data, and some conclusions drawn regarding contemporary climate governance and the emergence of a possible 'South/North Divide', challenging traditional notions of global power politics.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Macmillan Publishers © 2013. Permanent restricted access to Accepted version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 23:25
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; climate change policy; governance; emissions trading schemes; REDD+; CDM
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9105 Measurement Standards and Calibration Services > 910501 Agricultural and Environmental Standards
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/9781137006127
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23553

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