Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy
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Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy

Edited by E. C.H. Keskitalo and B. L. Preston

This topical and engaging Research Handbook illustrates the variety of research approaches in the field of climate change adaptation policy in order to provide a guide to its social and institutional complexity.
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Chapter 2: Challenges associated with implementing climate adaptation policy

Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee and Scott A. Fritzen


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s(IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report argued that organizations are transitioning from adaptation planning to implementation. This chapter therefore focuses on problematizing adaptation implementation processes. Why are plans not implemented or codified through legal instruments? Why are laws not enforced or reversed? What factors determine why some nations or sub-national governments have moved successfully toward the implementation of adaptation policy while others have stalled?And what role do policy and agenda setting dynamics, political positions and political uncertainty play in enabling or constraining implementation?

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