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Local governance and climate change: reflections on the Swedish experience
Örebro universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga institutionen. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier (CUReS))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5356-4112
Örebro universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga institutionen. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier (CUReS))
2007 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 12, no 5, 537-548 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The focus of this article is the Swedish experience of local governance and climate change, including mitigation and adaptation. The municipal response to these two challenges is set within a broader policy context that acknowledges Sweden as a pioneer in environmental governance, including its comparatively high ambitions with regard to the reduction of greenhouse ga emissions. Central–local relations in climate policy are analysed, and climate change mitigation and adaptation are exemplified by some snapshots of municipal initiatives, including the popular habit of networking between municipalities within as well as across national borders. In conclusion we briefly evaluate the Swedish local governance experience of climate change mitigation and adaptation to date as characterized by radical rhetoric and ambitious goals combined with a lot of promising initiatives, although still with fairly modest results in terms of tangible outcomes. Finally, we reflect upon what we consider to be the most important questions for future research on local governance and climate change.

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2007. Vol. 12, no 5, 537-548 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26070DOI: 10.1080/13549830701656911OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-26070DiVA: diva2:601860
Available from: 2008-10-21 Created: 2013-01-30 Last updated: 2014-09-10Bibliographically approved

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