Introduction: Governing the climate energy nexus

F. Zelli, K. Bäckstrand, Naghmeh Nasiritousi, Jakob Skovgaard, O.E. Widerberg

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The introduction first explains the rationale and theoretical and empirical contributions of the edited volume. The book seeks to address a considerable gap in knowledge of the nature of the relationship between institutions governing the climate-energy nexus in a multilevel context. In particular, there is scant research on consequences on the legitimacy and effectiveness of governance arrangements and the climate-energy nexus as a whole. For an in-depth analysis of institutional complexity in the nexus, we selected three policy fields as case studies: renewable energy, fossil fuel subsidy reform, and carbon pricing. We made this choice since the three cases represent urgent and major components of the climate-energy nexus, since they vary considerably in the number and mix of institutions that govern them at the international level, and since they differ in their positioning within the climate-energy nexus – with carbon pricing primarily a climate change issue, renewable energy lying at the core of energy governance, and fossil fuel subsidy reform falling in between. The chapter concludes with an outline of the ccontributions to the book, structured along the volume’s three parts on mapping (I) coherence and management (II), and legitimacy and effectiveness (III).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning the Climate-Energy Nexus
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutional Complexity and Its Challenges to Effectiveness and Legitimacy
EditorsFariborz Zelli, Oscar Widerberg
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781108676397
ISBN (Print)9781108484817
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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