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Steurer, R; Clar, C.
(2018): The ambiguity of federalism in climate policy-making: how the political system in Austria hinders mitigation and facilitates adaptation
J ENVIRON POL PLAN. 2018; 20(2): 252-265. FullText FullText_BOKU

Although the impacts of federalism on environmental policy-making are still contested, many policy analysts emphasise its advantages in climate policy-making. This applies to the mitigation of climate change, in particular when federal governments (as in the U.S.) are inactive. More recently, federalism is also expected to empower sub-national actors in adapting to local impacts of climate change. The present paper analyses the role federalism in Austria played in greening the decentralised building sector (relevant for mitigation) on the one hand, and in improving regional flood risk management (relevant for adaptation) on the other. In line with the so-called matching school of the environmental federalism research strand we conclude that Austrian federalism proved to be more appropriate for regional flood protection than for mitigating climate change. We highlight that it is not federalism per se but federalism embedded in various contextual factors that shape environmental policy-making. Among these factors are the spatial scale of an environmental problem, the nitty-gritty of polity systems, and national politics (such as federal positions on climate change mitigation).
Authors BOKU Wien:
Clar Christoph
Steurer Reinhard

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Climate change mitigation
climate change adaptation
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building policies
flood risk management
environmental federalism

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