Multi-Level Governance

After two decades of international climate negotiations, it has become obvious that the international level may not be the major driver of change propelling processes downstream towards low carbon economies. Considerable innovative approaches to a climate friendly transition emerged in various countries worldwide from the bottom-up. Subnational states, cities and municipalities have taken up the issue of climate protection. Innovative governance approaches also emerged in multi-level governance structures, such as the European Union, often based on leadership of certain member states and cities. Wherever new forms of climate and environmental governance originate - bottom-up or top-down - they are likely to affect policy frameworks developed upstream or downstream. Moreover, new forms of climate governance may involve interaction among governments as well as nongovernmental actors and thus need to be researched through the multi-level governance lens.
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The project explores how and to what extent international public administrations (IPAs) interact with political and non-political actors of various levels during and in-between major international conferences.

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The Indo-German Expert Group is an interdisciplinary working group of renowned experts from leading research institutions / political think tanks in India and Germany. It was set up in 2013 to enhance collaborative learning, contribute to informed decision-making in both countries and feed into the international debate on a green and inclusive economy. 

since November 2013

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The Environmental Policy Research Centre participates in a large joint project with major German institutes ”Establishment of a research platform for nuclear waste material: Interdisciplinary analysis and development of criteria for assessment”.

Aim of the sub-project is primarily the policy and social analysis of the development of a strategy for a nuclear waste storage solution in Germany under participation of relevant stakeholders.

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The research network aims at improved understanding of multi-level climate governance in India and the European Union. It will analyze the interplay between the innovation capacity of local levels through to (supra)national levels of climate change and variability governance.

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During international research workshops, we address the question whether and how federal states serve as experimental laboratories to climate governance in the areas of promotion of renewable energies, energy conservation and climate action planning.

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The Environmental Policy Research Centre is involved in the Alliance with a comprehensive project from the political science perspective. The project will investigate new governance requirements for the electricity system restructuring.

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The research project investigates how governments in these countries integrate existing climate policies both horizontally and vertically.

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By appointment of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the consortium Adelphi Consult – FFU Berlin supports the intentions of the German Federal Government to found an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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The project starts from the observation that in the European Union, a harmonized approach to environmental standards is still missing in a number of policy areas.

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The GTZ-pilot project "Environmental Policy and the Promotion of Strategy Processes for Sustainable Development" (Rioplus) aimed at delivering policy advice regarding the development and implementation of sustainable development strategies.

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The project examined cases of pioneering policies of nation states in the field of climate protection.

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English version coming soon!

Die Untersuchung zeigte, dass sich seit der Etablierung von Umweltpolitik als nationalstaatlichem Handlungsfeld bestimmte institutionelle oder instrumentelle Neuerungen einzelner Länder systematisch ausbreiten, d.h. von anderen Ländern übernommen werden.

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