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Thursday, April 9 • 9:15am - 10:40am
TH9.15.11 Governing on the Edge: Cities, Climate Change, and the Polycentric-Global Governance Tension

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Some scholars argue that the complexity of climate change, and the justice and power issues of local communities affected by climate change, require polycentric governance. Others suggest that the sheer magnitude of the causes and effects of climate change require global governance. However, the tension between favoring polycentric or global governance rests on an exaggerated dichotomy. Cities and urban communities can often serve as nodes in networks of multiscalar global change and multiscalar governance systems for addressing climate change. One of the challenging issues concerning cities and multiscalar governance is determining who governs what: who gets to participate and in what ways, how is power allocated and mediated, and what kinds of governance systems or structures will best serve a multitude of ecological and social goals, including building the social-ecological resilience of metropolitan areas. Who decides will meaningfully impact what gets decided. Further, we must determine whether we have governance systems capable of coordination under such complexity and uncertainty, and if not, should we modify those structures or look beyond them? A group of interdisciplinary legal scholars will discuss how cities can address governance reform that transcends the need to address climate change both globally and locally.

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Tony Arnold

Boehl Chair in Property & Land Use, University of Louisville

Myanna Dellinger

Professor of Law, Western State College of Law
National and international environmental affairs.
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Kalyani Robbins

Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University

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Kalyani Robbins

Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University

Thursday April 9, 2015 9:15am - 10:40am EDT
Crandon (lobby level)