Complex Governance to Cope with Global Environmental Risk: An Assessment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [Book Review]

Science and Engineering Ethics 16 (3):517-533 (2010)
In this article, a framework is suggested to deal with the analysis of global environmental risk governance. Climate Change is taken as a particular form of contemporary environmental risk, and mobilised to refine and characterize some salient aspects of new governance challenges. A governance framework is elaborated along three basic features: (1) a close relationship with science, (2) an in-built reflexivity, and (3) forms of governmentality. The UNFCCC-centered system is then assessed according to this three-tier framework. While the two-first requisites are largely met, the analysis of governmentality points to some institutional weak spots
Keywords Environmental risk  Global governance  Governmentality  Reflexivity  Climate change  UNFCCC
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-009-9170-1
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