"Knowledge Systems and Change in Climate Governance: Comparing India and South Africa 2007-2010"
The aim of the dissertation is to explain the role of knowledge and collective learning processes in the emergence and change of climate governance. In terms of theory, I present a pragmatic-constructivist advancement of Emanuel Adler's theory of cognitive evolution and communities of practice. The core of this advancement builds my concept of climate knowledge systems. I test the theory for the cases India and South Africa by way of a structured, focused comparison.
In terms of methodology, I conduct a qualitative-dominant mixed methods study. I take a multi-level governance perspective, but focus my analysis on the national and provincial levels, while still taking international influences into account. Moreover, analysis of non-state governance actors is restricted to large and transnational companies listed at the stock exchange of the respective country. I use quantitative data of the Carbon Disclosure Project, results of an expert survey (between qualitative and quantitative methods) as well as qualitative interviews and relevant documents.