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Climate Change and Multilevel Governance: The Evolving State and Local Roles

Michele M. Betsill and Barry G. Rabe

in Toward Sustainable Communities

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780262134927
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262255523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262134927.003.0008
Climate Change and Multilevel Governance: The Evolving State and Local Roles

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This chapter explores the odyssey of climate policy over the past decade, describing and analyzing the unexpectedly prominent roles for state and local governments. It offers an overview of various policy initiatives at both levels and considers factors underlying such a range of actions. States began enacting climate-related policies in the late 1980s with cities following in the early 1990s. To date, more than 700 American local governments and nearly all state governments have engaged in some form of climate change policymaking. The chapter summarizes recent trends in the development of state and local climate change policies from a multilevel governance perspective and considers longer-term ramifications that emerge from such a reframing.

Keywords: environmental policy; environmental regulation; environmental protection; state government; local government; of climate change policymaking

Chapter.  9510 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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