Global Governance on Renewable Energy: Contrasting the Ideas by Sybille Roehrkasten

By Sybille Roehrkasten

Comparing Germany’s and Brazil’s govt views, Sybille Roehrkasten unearths that the guidelines on international renewable power governance are hugely contested. In her learn, the writer sheds mild at the politics at the back of the definition of worldwide governance concerns, concentrating on pioneers within the world wide advertising of renewables and decisive gamers during this emergent sector of world cooperation. She demonstrates that principles approximately difficulties and strategies in transboundary policy-making fluctuate largely and that those transformations are because of the choice makers’ coverage contexts and self-interests. the diversities predicament key features in worldwide governance on renewables, akin to international demanding situations to be addressed, preferred renewables concepts, boundaries to renewables advertising and initiatives for cooperation.

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43 Thus, global governance research should also ask who defines what is regarded as a global issue and object for transboundary policy-making. Whereas the role of ideas is still underexposed in global governance research, there is a pronounced Constructivist research strand in the discipline of International Relations which emphasizes the importance of ideas and social construction in international policy-making. Its insights can enrich global governance research considerably. The central argument of the Constructivist research strand in International Relations is that international reality is based on cognitive structures: “International reality is socially constructed by cognitive structures that give meaning to the material world” (Adler 1997:319).

They emphasize that actors do not necessarily employ the same organizing concepts, and therefore do not have to share a common perspective or understanding of reality (Haas, Haas 2002:586). Thus, an important research focus of Constructivism is to analyze how actors derive meaning from a complex world and how they interpret the context of their actions (Haas 2002b:74, Katzenstein, Keohane & Krasner 1998:678-682). In this sense, Constructivist ontology clearly contradicts the Rational Choice worldview which assumes the existence of an unambiguously given reality.

2010). Such OECD-centrism is not unique to global governance research. As Tickner (2013) argues, the whole discipline of International Relations is dominated by research coming from those countries which used to dominate international policy-making: “The center-periphery configuration of IR favors analytical categories and research programs that are defined by academic communities within the North while also reinforcing Northern dominance within international practice itself. The precariousness of the global South as both an agent of IR knowledge and a global actor seems directly to such self-referential practices in the field” (Tickner 2013:641).

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