Adaptation and Resilience



Building a Climate-Ready State

Navroz K Dubash and Aditya Valiathan Pillai


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.

1. Reimagining Indian federalism in the climate crisis, Ideas for India
By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Navroz K Dubash, Parth Bhatia

2. States are the beating heart of climate action, Hindustan Times
By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Navroz K Dubash, Parth Bhatia

3. Design a climate-ready governance system, Hindustan Times
By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Navroz K Dubash, Parth Bhatia

4. Special Issue on ‘Varieties of Climate Governance’ in Environmental Politics (all articles), Environmental Politics 
By Navroz K Dubash

5. National climate institutions complement targets and policies, Science
By Navroz K Dubash, Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Christian Flachsland, Kathryn Harrison, Kathryn Hochstetler, Matthew Lockwood, Robert Macneil, Matto Mildenberger, Matthew Paterson, Fei Teng, and Emily Tyler

6. Varieties of climate governance: the emergence and functioning of climate institutions, Environmental Politics
By Navroz K Dubash

8. The limits of opportunism: the uneven emergence of climate institutions in India, Environmental Politics
By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Navroz K Dubash

9. Climate Governance and Federalism in India, Cambridge University Press 
By Navroz K Dubash,  Aditya Valiathan Pillai