Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Policy



Building a Climate-Ready State

Navroz K Dubash, Aditya Valiathan Pillai and Shibani Ghosh


Reducing carbon emissions across the economy and building a climate resilient future creates some vexing governance challenges. Governments need knowledge resources and institutional processes that facilitate the creation of viable long-term strategies. To execute them, they must create coordination mechanisms that cajole several centrifugal forces across national and sub-national governments. And, finally, this governance system must have elements capable of handling the sensitive task of mediating politics between state and society.

How should states, particularly the Indian state, approach these climate governance challenges? What institutional forms could work, and what have countries across the world tried so far? We aim to begin a discussion on models of effective governance that may be useful to policymakers, scholars, and civil society organisations alike.