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Climate change, national politics and grassroots action: an introduction

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Zito


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There is considerable cross-national variation in the patterns of adoption and implementation of policies designed to mitigate climate change. The sources of this variation are considered. International relations, economic structures, national cultures and domestic political competition are factors, often in interaction one with another. In situations of multilevel governance, sub-national actors may be significant. Grassroots activism from without the formal political process has sometimes been critical in sharpening the focus of formal political actors, and increasing their willingness to act. Climate change is a global issue, but the political action necessary to address it is inevitably local and national as well as international.

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Author(s): Rootes C, Zito A, Barry J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Politics

Year: 2012

Volume: 21

Issue: 5

Pages: 677-690

Print publication date: 14/09/2012

ISSN (print): 0964-4016

ISSN (electronic): 1743-8934

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2012.720098


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