From Kyoto to the Town Hall
Making International and National Climate Policy Work at the Local Level
Edited by Lennart J. Lundqvist, Anders Biel
Routledge – 2007 – 184 pages
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 climate policy 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.
'This book is essential reading for policy-makers everywhere and at all levels, and for citizens who elect them.' Professor Robert Gifford, University of Victoria, Canada 'Lundqvist and Biel grapple with the serious problem of getting governments at different levels to cooperate in the struggle to solve environmental problems. The authors use social science principles to understand the conflicts that can arise in democracies that reflect local, national, regional and global constituencies. Given that these bodies set the policies that have crucial influence on the myriad acts contributing to environmental destruction, this book is essential reading for policy-makers everywhere and at all levels, and for citizens who elect them.' Professor Robert Gifford, University of Victoria, Canada 'Interesting read for politicians and decision-makers with a basic knowledge of climate and the international negotiations.' European Circular, Autumn 2007.
Preface * From Kyoto to the Town Hall: Transforming National Strategies into Local and Individual Action * Coping with Climate Change:Sweden's Climate Strategy as a Case in Point * Explaining Public Trust in Institutions: The Role of Consensual Expert Ideas * Is there a Trade off between Cost-Effective Climate Policies and Political Legitimacy? * Assessing Values in Environmental Policy Formation * Organizational Culture, Professional Norms and Local Implementation of National Climate Policy * Policy Effectiveness and the Diffusion of Carbon-Free Energy Technology: The Case of Wind Power * Sharing Burdens in the European Union for the Protection of the Global Climate: A Swedish Perspective * Governing the Climate, (B)ordering the World * Multilevel Governance: A Solution to Climate Change Management? * Index
Lennart J. Lundqvist is Professor of Environmental Policy and Administration at G?teborg University, Sweden, and author of several books (including the classic work The Hare and the Tortoise: Clean Air Policies in the United States and Sweden). Anders Biel is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, G?teborg University, Sweden.