Having worked out what problems to focus on, and which mode of governance to apply, governors have to decide at which level to act. Here, the main choice is often presented as between acting locally -i.e. decentralization guided by the principle of subsidiarity- or at higher levels – e.g. regionally, nationally or internationally. There are several dilemmas buried away in this choice: greater local diversity may offer more opportunities for experimentation and bottom-up learning, but fewer opportunities for successfully implementing what is learned across space – a benefit corresponding to greater regulatory harmonization. Local decision-makers may have more direct access to information, but localism runs the risk of ‘capture’ by local interests. In practice, the choice between levels is seldom a binary one; action may be required at several levels simultaneously. And it may not be an entirely open choice – governors typically have a stronger legal competence, or prior preference, to act at some levels than others. Here conceptual questions about the politics of scale can be asked for example, but also papers discussing adaptation as a problem of multilevel governance can be proposed.
Papers per session
22 March 13:30-15:15 session
- What is most helpful for transformation to Regional Climate Adaptation Governance: Multi-Level-Perspective, Politics of Scale, or/and Hierarchy? M. Gottschick, University of Hamburg, FSP BIOGUM, Germany – Presentation
- The influence of multi-level governance systems on the development and implementation of climate adaptation practices within organisations in Australia. L.E. Bates, M. Green, R. Leonard, I. Walker, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia - Presentation
- Finding Adaptability in Existing Transboundary Water Agreements. M.J. Vick, University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, USA
22 March 15:30-17:15 session
- Multi-level governance through regional adaptation partnerships. A. Bauer, R. Steurer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria - Presentation
- Multi-level and multi-sectoral governance of adaptation: European case studies. E. C. H. Keskitalo, Umeå University, Sweden – Presentation
- Locating Authority in Urban Climate Adaptation: Processes and Consequences. S. Hughes, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA - Presentation
23 March 11:00-12:45 session
- Governance networks in a changing climate. C. Stein, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden – Presentation
- Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions in the Governance of Adaptation: Interactions between Agro-pastoralists and the State in the Ethiopian Dry Lands. G. Getachew, D. Müller-Mahn, University of Bayreuth, Germany
- Water governance in Chile and Canada – A comparison of adaptive characteristics, M. A. Hurlbert, H. Diaz, University of Regina, Canada
Download here the conference program on this theme.