A model of dynamic climate governance: Dream big, win small

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In this article, I develop and evaluate a model of dynamic climate
governance. The model is based on the premise that global warming is
such a complex problem that present political realities do not allow an
immediate solution to it. I propose that current mitigation activities
should focus on building technological and political transformation
potential to enable more ambitious climate cooperation in the future.
Successful international climate cooperation could comprise a series of
politically feasible ``small wins{''} guided by a ``big dream{''} of a
comprehensive future climate regime. The analysis contributes to the
emerging literature on the dynamics of climate governance by showing how
coherence between multiple independent climate policies can be achieved,
both across policymakers and over time. To illustrate how the model can
be used, I apply it to technology agreements and North-South climate

Author-supplied keywords

  • Climate policy
  • Dynamics
  • Gradualism
  • International cooperation
  • Political economy

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