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to mount challenges to the legitimacy of water governance. Its fragmented nature and complex structure, arguably, makes global water law and governance a form of polycentric governance. 3 Hence, the literature on the legitimacy of polycentric governance can provide a theoretical underpinning for

In: International Organizations Law Review

of polycentric governance, 10 a term that also has been used to describe entities such as the EU. 11 One characteristic of polycentric governance approaches, the overlapping of different governance areas, 12 is also found in analyses of shared resources. 13 This feature is not so prominent in the

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In: Reducing Emissions of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
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policies, with all their tensions and inconsistencies, provide a fertile ground for such process-oriented, polycentric governance. In this article, I propose a first cut on this question by mobilizing the theoretical notion of global experimentalist governance ( GXG ) 11 and juxtaposing this with the

In: Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations

, institutions and initiatives of different nature at all levels. 15 Polycentric governance has been described in terms of the existence of multiple centres of decision-making which relate to each other in both competitive and cooperative ways. 16 Polycentric governance systems are decentralised as they are

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In: Reducing Emissions of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons, and tropospheric ozone, have become part of climate policy debates. Discussion has revolved around the potential of their mitigation to slow down global warming in the short term and bring about co-benefits, for instance, for air quality and public health.
This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of global SLCP law and governance. A diverse array of contributors delves into the science and evolution of the concept of SLCPs, analyses the legal and governance responses developed under various international and transnational arenas, and discusses selected sectoral case studies.

systems, such as polycentric governance, that combine trust and local expertise in small-scale governance with the governance capacity of large-scale sys- tems. These harness globalization’s benefits and provide solutions for the effects of ecosystem changes. This work examines the lessons – benefits

In: The Yearbook of Polar Law Online

sustainability through participation are analysed as a part of the multilevel or polycentric system of governance in which they are embedded ( section 3 ). Three main features of polycentric governance (a plurality of actors, patterns of interaction, and overarching sets of rules) are regarded as the common

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In: Sustainability through Participation?
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The issue of corporate responsibilities has had a tumultuous history at the United Nations. When the Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed John Ruggie’s Guiding Principles in June 2011, it was the first time that the UN stated authoritatively its expectations in the area of business and human rights. This volume captures this special moment in time: a moment of taking stock of a successfully concluded UN Special Representative mandate (2005–2011) and of preparing for the massive task of following up with more operational guidance, effective governance mechanisms and sound theoretical treatments.

The 12 chapters in this collection offer an in-depth analysis of Ruggie’s reports with a special emphasis on regulatory and governance issues surrounding corporate responsibility. How does international human rights law handle corporations? Are we beginning to grasp the complexities and impacts of financial markets on human rights? What kind of corporate due diligence can make supply chains more socially sustainable? Why should parent companies act when their affiliates infringe rights? What is the potential of national human rights institutions in the area of business and human rights? What is the role of states and law in the social change process promoted by the corporate responsibility movement? How do we ‘orchestrate’ polycentric governance regimes to ensure respect for human rights?

Academics and practitioners, policymakers, business executives, civil society activists and legal professionals will find this collection useful as they embark on the difficult but exciting journey of refining and contextualising Ruggie’s foundational work.

contributes to the fact that cookstove emissions are being governed by a host of different actors at different levels of governance. Polycentric governance is a phenomenon that has received increasing scholarly attention in recent years. 88 The main thrust of the concept is that instead of one monocentric

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In: Reducing Emissions of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
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Ostrom, E. (2014). Beyond markets and states: polycentric governance of complex economic systems. In: Sabetti, F. and Aligica, P.D. (eds.). Choice, rules and collective action. The ostroms on the study of institutions and governance, ECPR Press, Cholcester, UK, pp. 167

In: Know your food