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Climate institutions in Brazil: three decades of building and dismantling climate capacity

Hochstetler, Kathryn ORCID: 0000-0003-2960-058X (2021) Climate institutions in Brazil: three decades of building and dismantling climate capacity. Environmental Politics, 30 (sup1). 49 - 70. ISSN 0964-4016

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1957614


What kinds of national climate institutions can solve the governance challenges that the Paris Agreement devolves to them? This article identifies three stages of climate institutions in Brazil, a major emitter of greenhouse gases through deforestation that managed to reduce such emissions for nearly a decade. It shows that a narrow definition of climate institutions that seeks purpose-built state institutions fails to capture important dynamics there, and that such institutions have little direct impact on outcomes. In Brazil’s political landscape, national presidents exercise a decisive influence on their climate ambitions and capacities. However, positive and negative feedback loops also brought some effective climate action from the layering of climate purposes into existing institutions, as well as through non-traditional institutions like private governance arrangements for agriculture.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 11:36
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 19:15

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