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Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods$
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Eric Brousseau, Tom Dedeurwaerdere, and Bernd Siebenhüner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017244

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017244.001.0001

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Reflexive Governance and the Importance of Individual Competencies

Reflexive Governance and the Importance of Individual Competencies

The Case of Adaptation to Climate Change in Germany

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Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods
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Torsten Grothmann

Bernd Siebenhüner

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017244.003.0291

This chapter, which focuses on an exploratory study investigating the role of competencies in adapting to climate change in Germany, presents theoretical considerations for reflexive governance and examines the role of specific competencies. It examines key human behavior essential for reflexive governance, analyzes earlier research on psychological components involved in reflexive governance, and provides a detailed description of competencies needed for parties engaged in such a process. The chapter also demonstrates the significance of competencies through the case study on climate change adaptation in Germany. It relies on different governance approaches for identifying essential elements of reflexive governance, and also demonstrates, through the case study, that adaptation to climate change cannot be replaced with finding solutions to climate change.

Keywords:   climate change, Germany, reflexive governance

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