Can national policy blockages accelerate the development of polycentric governance? Evidence from recent developments in UK climate policy

Working paper by Ross Gillard, Andy Gouldson, Jouni Paavola, James Van Alstine on 31 Oct 2016

Many factors can conspire to limit the scope for policy development at the national scale. In this paper, we consider whether blockages in national policy processes – resulting for example from austerity or ‘small state’ political philosophies – might accelerate the development of more polycentric governance arrangements. Recognising that this issue is of widespread relevance, […]

Autonomous adaptation to riverine flooding in Satkhira District, Bangladesh: insights for transformation

Working paper by Adrian Fenton, Anne Tallontire, Jouni Paavola on 17 Oct 2016

Systematic understanding of adaptation measures utilised by households in developing countries is needed to identify the constraints they face, and the external interventions or adaptation planning needed to overcome them. Ecological-resilience, political-ecology, and risk-hazard approaches have dominated research on climate change adaptation and they have mostly focused on incremental adaptation. This article examines to what […]

Blowing policy bubbles: rethinking emissions targets and renewable energy subsidies in the UK

Working paper by Ross Gillard, Kathryn Lock on 17 Oct 2016

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Climate Change Act was the first instance of a nation state self-imposing legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Its achievement depends to a large extent on decarbonising the country’s energy systems, particularly through the scaling up of renewable energy supply. Political attention, policy image and the discursive entwining of […]