Self-governance in global climate policy: An essay

On December 12, 2015, COP21 in Paris adopted the Paris Agreement. The unanimous adoption prompted praise and high expectations. The agreement, however, is a grey text, opaque or silent about how the global atmosphere and climate commons may be governed. Scientific and societal media burst from many ideas and proposals about proper global policy regimes. This essay distills a consistent architecture from the diverse propositions, with Elinor Ostrom’s studies and recommendations playing the leading role. Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) is the first and only female Economics Nobel price (2009) winner.

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