|Abstract: ||For many, global climate change is the defining issue of our time. Capable of devastating levels of destruction, the effects of which are indiscriminate across sectors and levels of society, climate change is at once capable of jeopardizing the global food supply and upending domestic infrastructure, to mention only two potential ramifications. However, global attempts at both adaptation and mitigation have largely proved inadequate, especially given unrelenting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Within this context, new forms of global climate governance have emerged, involving unconventional actors hoping to position themselves as innovative as progressive leaders in the face of global deadlock. Among these novel governance arrangements are transnational municipal networks (TMNs), of which the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is one example.
Seeking to bolster understandings of global climate governance, this paper uncovers the emergence of transnational climate governance within the context of a morphing global landscape. Importantly, it explores through an analysis of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group the particular ways in which governance operates within a novel form of climate governance. At the conceptual core of this paper is the belief that authority is crucial to governance processes, and consequently, that indispensable to thorough analyses of such processes is an alternative understanding of power, which breaks traditional associations with sovereignty, territory, and rule of law, conceptualizing it as constitutive of social relations, rather than as a resource capacity. By means of a ‘modalities of authorization’ framework, this paper exposes and analyzes the ways in which authority is enacted toward instrumental, associational, and governmental purposes within the C40 network, ultimately contributing a more nuanced account of global climate governance, useful to academics and practitioners alike.|