Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy
Show Less

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.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 15: Climate change adaptation strategies at different levels of government

Christoph Clar and Reinhard Steurer


Climate change adaptation strategies have mushroomed at all levels of government in recent years. While many studies have explored barriers that stand in the way of their implementation, the factors determining their potential to actually mainstream adaptation into various sectors are less clear. In this chapter the authors aim to address this gap for two international, six national and six local adaptation strategies. Although located at three different levels of government, the 14 cases studied here represent ‘one-size-fits-all’ governance arrangements that are all characterized by voluntariness and a lack of institutionalization. Since adaptation strategies are relatively weak coordination hubs that are unable to force adaptation onto sectoral policy agendas, they rely mainly on sectoral self-interest in adaptation that is largely dependent on problem pressure. The authors conclude that one-size-fits-all governance arrangements are rarely adequate responses to complex challenges such as climate change.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.