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Publication details for Professor Harriet Bulkeley

Bulkeley, H.A. & Betsill, M.M. (2013). Revisiting the urban politics of climate change. Environmental Politics 22(1): 136-154.

Author(s) from Durham


In our 2005 paper, Rethinking Sustainable Cities, we made a case for the
increasing significance of climate change in the urban politics of sustainability.
Taking a multilevel governance perspective, we argued that the
‘urban’ governance of climate protection was not confined to a local arena
or to the actions of the state, but rather was orchestrated through the
interrelations between global, national and local actors across state/nonstate
boundaries. We revisit these arguments and examine their validity in
the light of the rapidly changing landscape of urban responses to climate
change and the growing academic literature in this field. We consider in turn:
the ways in which climate change is shaping urban agendas; the utility of
multilevel governance perspectives for understanding this phenomenon; and
the extent to which we can identify a ‘new’ politics of urban climate change
governance and its consequent implications for the development of theory
and practice in this field.