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Changing Climates in North American PoliticsInstitutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance$
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Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

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Local Government Response to Climate Change: Our Last, Best Hope?

Local Government Response to Climate Change: Our Last, Best Hope?

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(p.136) (p.137) 7 Local Government Response to Climate Change: Our Last, Best Hope?
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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Christopher Gore

Pamela Robinson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.003.0007

This chapter explores the municipal climate change reactions in North America, and determines the practical and political factors that work in the local government policies regarding climate change. It presents four factors that govern these municipal actions. First, local governments are also part of the national, regional, and global networks that motivate and promote climate change responses. Second, citizens are counting on local governments to take progressive environmental action at both local and global levels. Third, local government bodies are concerned about their international reputation and take action to show their effective leadership. Fourth, local governments are attentive to the interactions among economic, social, and environmental issues when taking actions about physical form, and the social and economic quality of urban areas.

Keywords:   local government, climate change, North America, climate change reactions

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