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Power In A Warming WorldThe New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality$
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David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, and Mizan R. Khan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029612

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029612.001.0001

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Society Too Civil?

Society Too Civil?

(p.155) 7 Society Too Civil?
Power In A Warming World

David Ciplet

J. Timmons Roberts

Mizan R. Khan

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the role of civil society in climate change politics, and argues that the literature on this topic has not fully accounted for the failure of civil society to influence mitigation action. It highlights three main deficits. First, despite the diversification of actors involved in the negotiations, resources and links to power still rest overwhelmingly in the hands of professionalized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that take a more reformist and market-based approach. Second, civil society has failed to take a coordinated and viable strategy for building strength in domestic contexts to realize influence at key hinge moments in the international negotiations. And third, civil society has primarily devoted its attention at the international level to the UN climate processes, while often neglecting less accessible but highly relevant international governance frameworks, including international trade regimes, financial institutions, and scientific bodies.

Keywords:   civil society, climate change politics, mitigation action, non-governmental organizations, market-based approach, international negotiations, UN climate processes

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