The governance of climate change: evaluating the governance quality and legitimacy of the United Nations' REDD-plus programme

Cadman, Tim and Maraseni, Tek (2011) The governance of climate change: evaluating the governance quality and legitimacy of the United Nations' REDD-plus programme. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 2 (3). pp. 103-124.

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This paper outlines the evolution of the concept of global environmental governance, and its expression within climate-change related problem-solving institutions. A number of institutions address climate change on a global level, with a variety of institutional structures and processes. This leads to difficulties for comparative analysis, particularly when it comes to assessing quality of governance. Governance performance is important, since it helps stakeholders determine whether a given institution is sufficiently legitimate to merit participation, or whether their efforts are better served in other forums. Using a set of principles, criteria and indicators of governance quality, the paper provides an analysis of the 'REDD-plus' process (United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries). It highlights REDD- plus' strengths and weaknesses and provides a rating of institutional legitimacy. It concludes with some observations on the challenges facing REDD-plus, and calls for the development of standards to ensure institutional quality-of-governance.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 (individual papers), the author(s).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 04:08
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 01:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: global environmental governance; climate change; REDD-plus; quality-of-governance; legitimacy
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

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