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Policy Coordination for National Climate Change Adaptation in Europe: All Process, but Little Power

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Department of Politics, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4 PY, UK
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National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, 46128 Bologna, Italy
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European Environment Agency, 1050 Copenhagen, Denmark
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ISPRA—Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, 00144 Roma, Italy
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Sustainability Research Institute and ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9 JT, UK
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Finnish Environment Institute, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
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Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
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Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, 11523 Athens, Greece
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Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 00023 Helsinki, Finland
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European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL), Catholic University of Lille, 59800 Lille, France
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IVM, VU University Amsterdam, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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ECOLOGIC Institute, 10717 Berlin, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5393; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135393
Received: 28 May 2020 / Revised: 19 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 3 July 2020
Climate change adaptation (CCA) is argued to require coordinated policy responses because it is a complex, long-term, knowledge intensive, cross-sectoral, and multi-level governance challenge that involves many interdependencies and actors with different perceptions, goals, and approaches. This study, therefore, examines approaches of a set of European Union (EU) member states (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (England)) to pursue a more coordinated approach to CCA policy. It specifically addresses the co-ordination approaches that the selected countries use for the development and implementation of their national CCA policies in the immediate period following the publication of the EU’s 2013 Adaptation Strategy. The analysis demonstrates that while useful coordination processes have been established in the analyzed EU member states, they have difficulty in challenging existing institutional hierarchies and decision rules. Consequently, longer-term opportunities for managing CCA conflicts and synergies among sectoral policies have to date been limited. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change adaptation; policy coordination; policy integration; European union; European Union member state; adaptation strategy climate change adaptation; policy coordination; policy integration; European union; European Union member state; adaptation strategy
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Russel, D.; Castellari, S.; Capriolo, A.; Dessai, S.; Hildén, M.; Jensen, A.; Karali, E.; Mäkinen, K.; Ørsted Nielsen, H.; Weiland, S.; den Uyl, R.; Tröltzsch, J. Policy Coordination for National Climate Change Adaptation in Europe: All Process, but Little Power. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5393. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135393

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Russel D, Castellari S, Capriolo A, Dessai S, Hildén M, Jensen A, Karali E, Mäkinen K, Ørsted Nielsen H, Weiland S, den Uyl R, Tröltzsch J. Policy Coordination for National Climate Change Adaptation in Europe: All Process, but Little Power. Sustainability. 2020; 12(13):5393. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135393

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Russel, Duncan; Castellari, Sergio; Capriolo, Alessio; Dessai, Suraje; Hildén, Mikael; Jensen, Anne; Karali, Eleni; Mäkinen, Kirsi; Ørsted Nielsen, Helle; Weiland, Sabine; den Uyl, Roos; Tröltzsch, Jenny. 2020. "Policy Coordination for National Climate Change Adaptation in Europe: All Process, but Little Power" Sustainability 12, no. 13: 5393. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135393

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