Coordinating climate change mitigation policies in rural Germany: A comparative policy network analysis of 32 districts in two Laender.

Zeigermann, Ulrike; Kammerer, Marlene; Böcher, Michael (25 November 2020). Coordinating climate change mitigation policies in rural Germany: A comparative policy network analysis of 32 districts in two Laender. In: ECPR General Conference 2020. Virtual Event. 24.08-28.08.2020.

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Drawing on regional governance and policy network literature, we plan to conduct a comparative study of two representative Laender in Germany, Thuringia and Schleswig-Holstein, to explain patterns and variations in subnational climate governance. The objective of this research endeavor is twofold: First, it offers new insights into climate change mitigation networks in rural areas in Germany. Second, the project addresses critical methodological questions for the study of subnational climate governance processes. Specifically, we ask: Who shapes climate policy in rural areas? How is policymaking in these areas embedded in the multilevel governance architecture and what are typical challenges? Further, we aim to examine how climate change mitigation and regional development are linked in subnational climate governance processes in rural areas and why some regions are more successful than others in setting up climate change mitigation frameworks. The cases are selected with a view to representing typical regions regarding structural factors, including socio-economic trends and climate change related problems. We conduct a policy network survey to systematically engage with actor constellations and collaboration in Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia to identify factors determining subnational climate governance. In this paper, we present the research design of this project. We outline our ideas on the theoretical and methodological approach and present some first findings from nine expert interviews undertaken in April/May 2020 to support the design of our survey. Finally, we propose a brief conclusion outlining the next steps in our research project and present open questions.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Kammerer, Marlene


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Jack Kessel Baker

Date Deposited:

29 Apr 2021 17:00

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:49

Additional Information:

Titel im Programm: Climate Change Policy Networks in Germany – A Comparison Across 4 Laender
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