Multi-level governance and climate change mitigation in New Zealand: lost opportunities

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dc.contributor.author Harker, Julia en
dc.contributor.author Taylor, Prudence en
dc.contributor.author Knight-Lenihan, Stephen en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T07:31:55Z en
dc.date.issued 2017-05-19 en
dc.identifier.citation Climate Policy 17(4):485-500 19 May 2017 en
dc.identifier.issn 1752-7457 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34573 en
dc.description.abstract The inherently global nature of climate change has led to a focus on international negotiations and the development of national commitments as dominant mitigation tools. However, there is a growing awareness that ultimate success depends upon involving subnational government, particularly cities, which are uniquely placed to address climate change in terms of both policy development and implementation of mitigation actions. In recent years the theory of multi-level governance has been used to analyse governments' roles as effective climate actors. This article uses this theory to examine legal and policy developments in New Zealand that have a direct influence on the ability of local government to contribute to climate change mitigation. New Zealand's former leadership in this area has been progressively eroded since 2004. As a result, local government is left with limited direct capacity to contribute to mitigation. Given the failure of New Zealand's national mitigation policies, the disempowerment of local government is an additional impediment to achieving emission reductions. While New Zealand may not be unique in its current lack of support for local government (and their communities), what is novel is the co-ordinated and deliberate trend away from multi-level governance. en
dc.publisher Elsevier BV en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Climate Policy en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Multi-level governance and climate change mitigation in New Zealand: lost opportunities en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14693062.2015.1122567 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 485 en
pubs.volume 17 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier BV en
pubs.end-page 500 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 528953 en
pubs.org-id Creative Arts and Industries en
pubs.org-id Architecture and Planning en
dc.identifier.eissn 1752-7457 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-07-28 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2016-01-20 en


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