Implementation of the COP21 Agreement: Aaron Wildavsky’ Major Insight

Jan-Erik Lane


The COP21 Agreement has been hailed as a turning-point for mankind. This is merely rhetoric. What happens after major policy decisions goes under the label “implementation†in the social sciences, and its lessons are worthwhile taking into account by the UN and the 195 governments that signed. Implementation is messy, complicated, having un-intentional, and un-recognized outcomes. Often based upon a flawed theory-see Wildavsky’s major insights. The COP21 Treaty wants to reduce CO2 emissions despite their connections with the GDP and economic development/growth. And it wishes to protect the world forests so that they can absorb CO2, but the rain forests are disappearing for cattle, soya, and palm oil as well as logging on a grand scale. The implementation process of the COP21 Agreement is unique, as it may last 50 years or more, perhaps almost forever.

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