Intermediating climate change: The evolving strategies, interactions and impacts of neglected ‘climate intermediaries’

Paul Tobin, Fay Farstad , Jale Tosun

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Climate change governance systems comprise a wide variety of actors. Here, we introduce ‘climate intermediaries’ as one potentially influential yet often neglected type of actor, behaving as ‘go-betweens’ that connect different types of actors and/or governance levels. This Special Issue analyses two under-researched forms of climate intermediaries: those that exist for reasons unconnected to climate change, and new or uncommon forms of climate intermediaries that have yet to be examined. In this Introduction article, we present the conceptual framework employed within our Special Issue. We begin by problematising the definition of intermediaries within climate research before clarifying our own relational understanding of ‘climate intermediaries’. A climate intermediary is thus a role, assumed by any type of actor, while potentially assuming other roles when interacting with other actors. Second, we summarise the existing research on the strategies of intermediaries, the interactions that may exist between them, and the impacts of these actors on the climate policy process. These three foci then guide our three research questions for the Special Issue. Third, we examine existing research on myriad types of intermediaries, such as interest groups, faith-based actors, and funding bodies. Finally, we provide an overview of the contributions included within the issue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Jun 2023


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