Governance and Legislation

The Governance and Legislation research group explores the governance and political economy of transformations to low-carbon and climate-resilient societies at international and domestic levels, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Researchers from this group aim to contribute to an effective and sustained implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals and to help increase ambition within the framework of these agreements, while examining the political economy and governance of doing so, both internationally and domestically. The group also focuses on the specific roles of legislation, litigation, sub-national government and the private sector in these processes.

Members of the Governance and Legislation research group examine these issues under two main themes.

First, through exploring transformational governance to enable a transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient society, members of the group study the international political economy and global politics of climate change. This includes evaluating the enablers of this transition, including multilateralism, minilateralism – diplomatic initiatives by small groups of countries – and transnational networks.

Second, members of the group study the different drivers for credible implementation of, and ratcheting up ambition within the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development goals. Through their work, group members aim to contribute to an improved understanding of key actors and their interactions and to identify key levers for, and barriers to, increasing global ambition.

An additional strand to this research cluster, the global Climate Change Laws of the World database tracks climate change related legislation and litigation. As part of the initiative, researchers in the group assess global legislative trends; examine the credibility of emission reduction pledges and their implementation; identify legislative gaps; and study experiences with climate change action in a variety of local contexts to aid policy makers to tackle this global challenge.

Currently, particular attention is being focused on the typology of national climate governance models and institutional arrangements and their compatibility with the requirements of the Paris agreement. In this context, researchers are studying the key drivers of climate policy in Mexico, South Africa and Tanzania. They are also assessing the impact of the UK’s Climate Change Act on the policy debate and decisions.

Visit our COP24 page for details of events which Grantham Research Institute staff are taking part in at the UN Climate Change Conference 2018.

Policy

Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change: Key achievements and challenges ahead

Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change: Key achievements and challenges ahead

In 2012 Mexico became the first large oil-producing emerging economy to adopt climate legislation. This study assesses the impact of the General Law on Climate Change to date and draws lessons learnt for Mexico and other countries that are currently developing climate change legislation. read more »

News

Agreeing the Paris Rulebook: did COP24 deliver? Reflections from the Grantham Research Institute’s Post-COP event

Agreeing the Paris Rulebook: did COP24 deliver? Reflections from the Grantham Research Institute’s Post-COP event

Identifying progress within the annual round of international climate negotiations can be a challenging business. The sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention … read more »