The framing of adaptation problems and goals

Governing is a purposive activity, but precisely which problems does it seek to address? “Problems” are not simply “out there” waiting to be tackled. On the contrary, actors often engage in struggles to present (or “frame”) particular phenomena into problems that suit their pre-existing political interests or policy competences. One of the most difficult choices confronting governors relates to which problem (or problems – given that they seldom emerge one at a time) to address amongst all those that concern the public (Dror 1971), how to define it and, following on from that, govern it. Having made that choice, other choices quickly loom into view. Decision makers often find themselves drawn to particular problems (or problem framings) because they appear to fit with the way in which they are confronting other problems. This in turn raises yet more issues. For example, who is deemed responsible for the emergence of this particular problem? Have they deliberately caused it or was it an unforeseen outcome of their otherwise legitimate activities? Conceptual papers about the way climate change adaptation issues are framed, and empirical analysis of the way in which governors and societal actors perceive and “frame” adaptation are welcome.

Papers per session

22 March 13:30-15:15 session

22 March 13:30-15:15 session

22 March 15:30-17:15  session

23 March 09:00-10:45  session

23 March 11:00-12:45  session

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