Stimuli for municipal responses to climate adaptation: insights from Philadelphia – an early adapter

C.J. Uittenbroek, Leonie Janssen-Jansen, H.A.C. Runhaar

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Abstract

An in-depth understanding of these stimuli is currently lacking in literature as most research has focussed on overcoming barriers to climate adaptation. The aim of this paper is to identify stimuli for municipal responses to climate adaptation and examine how they influence the governance approach to addressing climate adaptation through explorative case study research. Fort this, an early adapter was selected as case: Philadelphia (USA). By reconstructing the organization of two municipal responses to climate adaptation in this city, we have been able to identify stimuli and gain insight in the city’s governance approach. The reconstruction is based on data triangulation that consists of semi-structured interviews with actors involved in these responses, policy documents and newspaper articles. The research illustrates the importance of stimuli such as strategically framing climate adaptation within wider urban agendas, political leadership and institutional entrepreneurs. Moreover the research reveals that it is the combination of stimuli that influences the governance approach to climate adaptation. Some stimuli will trigger a dedicated approach to climate adaptation, while others initiate a mainstreaming approach. This research is important especially to municipalities to recognize stimuli within their own (policy) context and subsequently, make informed decisions to exploit all or some of these stimuli to initiate a governance approach to climate adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-56
JournalInternational Journal of Climate change Strategies and Management
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • climate adaptation
  • stimuli
  • governance approaches
  • Philadelphia
  • institutional entrepreneurship
  • political leadership

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