Climate change control has risen to the top of the international agenda. Failed efforts, centred in the United Nations, to allocate responsibility have resulted in a challenge now reaching crisis stage. John J. Kirton and Ella Kokotsis analyse the generation and effectiveness of four decades of intergovernmental regimes for controlling global climate change. Informed by international relations theories and critical of the prevailing UN approach, Kirton and Kokotsis trace the global governance of climate change from its 1970s origins to the present and demonstrate the effectiveness of the plurilateral summit alternative grounded in the G7/8 and the G20. Topics covered include: - G7/8 and UN competition and convergence on governing climate change - Kyoto obligations and the post-Kyoto regime - The role of the G7/8 and G20 in generating a regime beyond Kyoto - Projections of and prescriptions for an effective global climate change control regime for the twenty-first century. This topical book synthesizes a rich array of empirical data, including new interview and documentary material about G7/8 and G20 governance of climate change, and makes a valuable contribution to understanding the dynamics of governing climate change. It will appeal to scholars, researchers, and policy makers interested in the dynamics behind governance processes within the intergovernmental realm.

part I|25 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

The Global Challenge of Climate Change

part II|49 pages

Creating the Exclusive G7 Regime

chapter 2|22 pages

Invention, 1979–1984

chapter 3|14 pages

Rediscovery, 1985–1986

chapter 4|12 pages

Revival, 1987–1988

part III|101 pages

Shaping the Divided UN Regime

chapter 5|28 pages

Reinvention, 1989–1992

chapter 6|34 pages

Reinforcement, 1993–1997

chapter 7|38 pages

Retreat, 1998–2004

part IV|115 pages

Pioneering the Inclusive Global Regime

chapter 8|32 pages

Restoration, 2005–2007

chapter 9|26 pages

Reaching Out, 2008–2009

chapter 10|28 pages

Realization, 2010–2011

chapter 11|28 pages

Replacement, 2012–2014

part V|11 pages


chapter 12|10 pages