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The diffusion of climate change adaptation policy

Schönefeld, Jonas J. ; Schulze, Kai ; Bruch, Nils (2023)
The diffusion of climate change adaptation policy.
In: WIREs Climate Change, 2022, 13 (3)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00024592
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Item Type: Article
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: The diffusion of climate change adaptation policy
Language: English
Date: 4 December 2023
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 16 March 2022
Place of primary publication: Malden, MA
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Journal or Publication Title: WIREs Climate Change
Volume of the journal: 13
Issue Number: 3
Collation: 18 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00024592
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Origin: Secondary publication service

Adapting to some level of climate change has become unavoidable. However, there is surprisingly limited systematic knowledge about whether and how adaptation policies have diffused and could diffuse in the future. Most existing adaptation studies do not explicitly examine policy diffusion, which is a form of interdependent policy-making among jurisdictions at the same or across different levels of governance. To address this gap, we offer a new interpretation and assessment of the extensive adaptation policy literature through a policy diffusion perspective; we pay specific attention to diffusion drivers and barriers, motivations, mechanisms, outputs, and outcomes. We assess the extent to which four motivations and related mechanisms of policy diffusion—interests (linked with learning and competition), rights and duties (tied to coercion), ideology, and recognition (both connected with emulation)—are conceptually and empirically associated with adaptation. We also engage with adaptation policy characteristics, contextual conditions (e.g., problem severity) and different channels of adaptation policy diffusion (e.g., transnational networks). We demonstrate that adaptation policy diffusion can be associated with different mechanisms, yet many of them remain remarkably understudied. So are the effects of adaptation policy diffusion in terms of changes in vulnerability and resilience. We thus identify manifold avenues for future research, and provide insights for practitioners who may hope to leverage diffusion mechanisms to enhance their adaptation efforts.

Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change adaptation, policy diffusion, policy innovation, policy learning, public policy
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-245923
Classification DDC: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 333.7 Natural resources, energy and environment
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems , social services, insurance
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science
02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science > Models of Housing and Energy Policy
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 10:42
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 07:59
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/24592
PPN: 513778977
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