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Special Issue "Climate Policy in Fragmented Political Environments–Transformative Governance Interactions at Multiple Levels"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Duncan Russel

Department of Politics, University of Exeter, EX4 4RJ Exeter, UK
Interests: climate policy; environmental policy; evidence-based policy; policy appraisal
Guest Editor
Dr. Anne Jensen

Department of Environmental Science, University of Aarhus, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
Interests: environmental policy; climate policy; cities and governance
Guest Editor
Dr. Helle Ørsted Nielsen

Department of Political Science and Department of Environmental Science, University of Aarhus, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
Interests: environmental policy; climate policy; policy analysis; agricultural policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions to a Special Issue entitled: Climate Policy in Fragmented Political Environments—Transformative Governance Interactions at Multiple Levels.

Climate policy is a problem of collective action par excellence. As such, questions abound over at which governance level it is best to take action for climate mitigation, and how climate change adaptation at the local level can be managed at different governance levels to avoid unintended spill-overs into other localities and/or policy sectors. Against this background, there is a parallel question, which concerns transitions and which reveals whether climate policy merely seeks to intervene in current economic and social systems or whether it seeks innovative approaches to transform the very basis of these systems. In this context, this Special Issue seeks empirical and theoretical papers on climate mitigation or adaptation policy that broadly addresses questions of transition stimulated or hampered by climate policy. Specifically, papers should address one or more of the following questions: 1) How do different governance levels impact upon the design and effectiveness of climate policy; 2) What constellations of policy actors occur at and across different policy levels and how do these constellations affect policy making and/or implementation; and 3) are some governance levels more suited to addressing specific aspects of climate policy including more transformative approaches, and if so, why/how? Papers can chose to predominantly focus on one governance level as the unit of analysis, but must consider this level in the context of interaction with activities at higher and/or lower governance levels.

Intially we invite the submission of 300 word abstracts by 22 February 2019. We will inform authors as to whether we would like them to submit articles to the Special Issue by 15 March. Full papers of around 8000 words will need to be submitted for review by 1 September 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Anne Jensen,
Dr. Helle Ørsted Nielsen,
Dr. Duncan Russel
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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