Two levels, two strategies: explaining the gap between Swiss national and international responses towards Climate Change

Ingold, Karin; Pflieger, Géraldine (2016). Two levels, two strategies: explaining the gap between Swiss national and international responses towards Climate Change. European Policy Analysis, 2(1), pp. 20-38. Policy Studies Organization 10.18278/epa.2.1.4

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In a complex and multilevel regime, countries’ national and international strategies to address climate change may considerably differ. Adopting an actor-centered approach, the aim of this article is to outline and understand the potential difference between a nation’s domestic climate policy and its position in the international climate regime. We adopt social network analysis focusing on actors’ identification, their relational profiles, interests, and resources. Through survey data and content analysis, we focus on those actors’ positions within Swiss national and foreign climate policy. Results show that it is crucial to identify actors that participate in both the national and foreign policymaking. But participation on two levels seems to be a necessary but not sufficient condition. Actors should play a central role in both processes, and defend similar policy interests on the two levels, in order for them to be able to coordinate actions and produce coherent outputs in overlapping subsystems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

2380-6567

Publisher:

Policy Studies Organization

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Mirjam Ingold Michel

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 14:06

Last Modified:

28 Mar 2017 12:50

Publisher DOI:

10.18278/epa.2.1.4

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/90754

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