From Kyoto to the Town Hall: Making International and National Climate Policy Work at the Local Level

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Anders Biel, Lennart J. Lundqvist
Earthscan, 2013 - Science - 185 pages
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International agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, EU regulation and country-specific national climate policies offer some hope of addressing climate change. But all too often implementation of these high level objectives is derailed at the sub-national, local and - perhaps most important - individual level, by a variety of structural, policy and perceived barriers that result in a failure of effective action.Drawing on original research from Sweden, a world leader in effective environmental solutions, this volume examines the difficulties of aligning climatepolicy from international to national and sub-national levels. The authors address the full range of barriers and complexities, including governance structures, the relationship between 'experts' and the public, political feasibility, tax measures, perceptions of 'fairness' and self-interest, and the importance of environmental values. Also covered are the roles and perceptions of organizations and professions, the place of carbon-free technologies (such as wind power), the relationship between national and EU regulations, and the monumental challenge of governing the climate in a bordered and divided world.This volume is a vital source of information for all those seeking to create effective, coordinated responses to the challenge of climate change.
  

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Contents

From Kyoto to the Town Hall Transforming National Strategies into Local and Individual Action
1
Coping with Climate Change Swedens Climate Strategy as a Case in Point
13
Explaining Public Trust in Institutions The Role of Consensual Expert Ideas
27
Is There a TradeOff Between CostEffective Climate Policies and Political Legitimacy?
43
Assessing Values in Environmental Policy Formation
59
Organizational Culture Professional Norms and Local Implementation of National Climate Policy
77
Policy Effectiveness and the Diffusion of CarbonFree Energy Technology The Case of Wind Power
93
Sharing Burdens in the European Union for the Protection of the Global Climate A Swedish Perspective
119
Governing the Climate Bordering the World
137
Multilevel Governance A Solution to Climate Change Management?
155
Index
165
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