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”Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-level Context: The Gothenburg Metropolitan Area"

Journal article
Authors Lennart J Lundqvist
Published in European Planning Studies
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 1-20
ISSN 0965-4313
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 1-20
Language en
Keywords climate change adaptation; multi-level context; local master planning; coordination; legitimacy; effectiveness
Subject categories Political Science


ABSTRACT Individual local governments are key players in Sweden’s strategy for climate adaptation but their authority does not match the scale of climate change and its impacts. Competences are divided among local, regional and national authorities. Climate adaptation thus requires cooperation, particularly in metropolitan regions. This raises issues of coordination, legitimacy and effectiveness of adaptation measures recommended in local Master Plans. The focus here is on how the 13 municipalities in the Gothenburg Metropolitan Area—expected to be the part of Sweden most affected by impacts of climate change—address and act upon issues of climate change adaptation within the framework of Sweden’s Planning and Building Act, which places responsibility for the “common interest” of climate adaptation with local governments. Analysing municipal Master Plans, as well as the comments on these plans from the regional County Administrative Board and from Go¨teborg Region Association of Local Authorities, the inter-municipal association charged with infrastructural planning, I identify patterns in terms of coordination, legitimacy and effectiveness of planning for climate change adaptation. Results are discussed in relation to propositions from recent research on planning for climate adaptation in multi-level contexts.

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