The age of climate change that we live in has forced scholars and policymakers to rethinking fundamental tenets of international environmental governance. Moving beyond the ‘pure modes of governance, in which either state or market actors play a leading role, scholars now recommend co-management, public-private partnerships, or social-private partnerships, each of which accord significant space to non-state actors. Such propositions and the numerous ongoing attempts to implement them have in turn led to concerns about the accountability of the non-state actors involved. Others have put forth proposals for ‘stakeholder democracy’, with an added emphasis on democratic representation and accountability of civil society participants in international environmental governance. Read more....
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