Building or stumbling blocks?  Assessing the performance of polycentric energy and climate governance networks

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Van de Graaf, Thijs (2018) Building or stumbling blocks?  Assessing the performance of polycentric energy and climate governance networks. Energy Policy. ISSN 0301-4215 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Polycentric governance networks are on the rise in global energy and climate governance, but we know surprisingly little about their effectiveness. This paper analyzes the performance of four such transnational energy and climate governance networks. In the realm of sustainable energy, our cases are the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). In the climate sphere, we examine the effectiveness of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). Using principles from governance and public administration about the effectiveness of institutions, we examine the extent to which four networks have contributed to improving governance outcomes in the spheres of climate and sustainable energy. Our evaluation focuses on the clarity of purpose, funding, institutional formality, efficacy,  and level of resilience of these networks. Some differences between the networks notwithstanding, we find that the transnational governance networks generally fail to meet the criteria about what constitutes an effective institution.  The paper concludes with a reflection on what could be done to enhance the performance of these governance networks.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: transnational governance networks; polycentrism; sustainable energy; climate governance
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Ellie Leftley
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 16:33
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 16:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74559

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