For the past two decades, international climate policy has been handled as a matter for State to State deliberation. Non-state actors have played at best marginal roles in making and implementing international policy. This paper argues that climate change remains an intractable transnational problem because State to State deliberations failed to acknowledge that both climate mitigation and adaptation require ongoing collaborative governance with non-State actors to shift normative behavior. This paper proposes implementing an international co-regulation strategy as a collaborative governance mechanism in order to improve the legitimacy and accountability of intergovernmental meetings. This paper specifically proposes in the context of climate change implementing a co-regulatory approach through a combination of industry sector wide agreements and binding individual firm environmental contracts.
- collaborative governance,
- climate mitigation,
- non-state actor,
- environmental covenants,
- international environmental law,
- self regulation,
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