Understanding the framings of climate change adaptation across multiple scales of governance in Europe
2011 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 20, no 4, 445-463 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Climate change adaptation strategies are emerging across Europe as societies attempt to adapt to the challenges of a changing environment. Social constructivist analyses of environmental policy-especially those emphasising 'framing' - can be very useful in teasing out the framings of policy problems such as adaptation. They can also shed light on the underlying assumptions that steer and guide public and environmental policy. Using the theoretical concept of framing to analyse adaptation policies across different scales of governance in four European countries - Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom and Italy-and drawing on policy documents from those countries, as well as semi-structured interviews with practitioners, the development of adaptation policy processes and especially how adaptation has been defined within these processes are examined. Four major framings of adaptation are identified: 'planning', 'economic risk', 'vulnerability' and 'existing measures'. These frames affect how adaptation is conceptualised, policy problems defined and, ultimately how policy develops.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2011. Vol. 20, no 4, 445-463 p.
framing, climate change, adaptation, Europe, multi-scale, governance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-53823DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2011.589571ISI: 000299442000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-53823DiVA: diva2:517593