1st Edition

Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Response A New Approach to Climate Politics

Edited By Theresa Scavenius, Steve Rayner Copyright 2018
    164 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In a period of rapid climate change and climate governance failures, it is crucial to understand and address how effectively different political institutions can and should react to climate change.

    The term 'institutional response capacity' can be defined as a measurement for how effective political institutions may respond to threats and challenges such as climate change. This book sets out to provide a venue for the discussion of how to conduct climate politics by offering new perspectives on how social and political institutions are capable of responding to climate change. In doing so, the book explores how democracy, institutional design and polycentric governance influence social and political entities’ capacity to mitigate, adapt, address and transform climate change. The book offers building blocks for a new agenda of climate studies by focusing on institutional response capacity and by offering a new approach to climate governance at a time when many political initiatives have failed.

    This interdisciplinary volume is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and policy-makers in the areas of anthropology, political science, geography and environmental studies.

    Introduction Theresa Scavenius and Steve Rayner 

    Part 1: Institutional Capacities and Democracy

    1. Climate Change, Governance and Knowledge Nico Stehr and Alexander Ruser 

    2. The Institutional Capacity of Democracy Theresa Scavenius 

    3. Institutional Responsibility Jessica Nihlen Fahlquist 

    Part 2: Response Capacity and Behavioural Change  

    4. The Double Gap Between Climate Values and Action Theresa Scavenius and Malene Rudolf Lindberg  

    5. The Social Contract for Climate Risks: Private and Public Responses W. Neil Adger, Tara Quinn, Irene Lorenzoni, and Conor Murphy 

    6. The Role of Civil Society in Adaptation Strategies Jens Hoff

    Part 3: Institutional Capacity in Society 

    7. Institutional Challenges of Climate Geoengineering Steve Rayner and Peter Healey  

    8. Post-Paris Long-term Climate Capacity: The Role of Universities Saleemul Huq and Naznin Nasir


    Theresa Scavenius is an associate professor at the Department of Planning, University of Aalborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society, University of Oxford, UK