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Cultural Legitimacy and International Law and Policy on Climate Change

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Kaime, Thokozani:
Cultural Legitimacy and International Law and Policy on Climate Change.
In: Carbon & Climate Law Review. Vol. 5 (2011) Issue 3 . - pp. 321-328.
ISSN 2190-8230
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21552/CCLR/2011/3/186

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Climate change poses fundamental and varied challenges to all communities across the globe. The adaptation and mitigation strategies proposed by governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are likely to require radical and fundamental shifts in socio-political structures, technological and economic systems, organisational forms, and modes of regulation.2 The sheer volume of law and policy emanating from the international level makes it uncertain which type of regulatory or policy framework is likely to have a positive impact. As a result, climate change is not just an environmental problem requiring technical and regulatory solutions; it is a cultural arena in which a variety of stakeholders – state agencies, firms, industry associations, NGOs, and local communities – engage in contestation as well as collaboration over the form and substance of evolving regimes of governance.3 The success or failure of proposed measures will depend on their acceptability within the local constituencies within which they are sought to be applied. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and theorise the role of cultural legitimacy in the choice and effectiveness of international legal and policy interventions aimed at tackling the impact of climate change. In this regard, it is crucial to recognise that legitimacy critiques of international climate change regulation have the capacity to positively influence policy trends and legal choices.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Law > Chair African Legal Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Law > Chair African Legal Studies > Chair African Legal Studies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thokozani Kaime
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 09:04
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 09:04
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56271