Institutional capacity for climate change responses: an examination of construction and pathways in Mexico City and Santiago

AMS Citation:
Romero Lankao, P., S. Hughes, A. Rosas-Huerta, R. Borquez, and D. M. Gnatz, 2013: Institutional capacity for climate change responses: an examination of construction and pathways in Mexico City and Santiago. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31, 785-805, doi:10.1068/c12173.
Date:2013-10-01
Resource Type:article
Title:Institutional capacity for climate change responses: an examination of construction and pathways in Mexico City and Santiago
Abstract: Scholars have focused on understanding the motivations behind urban authorities’ efforts to respond to climate change, yet the determinants of institutional response capacity are less well known, particularly in Latin America. This paper develops a framework to understand the political–economic determinants of institutional response capacity through an examination of climate change governance in Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. We ask whether being a frontrunner (Mexico City) is an indicator of greater institutional response capacity. Although Mexico City has slightly higher levels of institutional capacity than Santiago, both are faced with similar challenges, such as fragmented governance arrangements, asymmetries in access to information, and top-down decision making. However, both also have similar opportunities, such as leadership, participation in transnational networks, and potential to integrate climate change goals into existing policy agendas. Examining urban climate change planning in isolation from other institutions is therefore likely to provide a false sense of a city’s response capacity.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2013 Pion Ltd.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d72j6csd
Publisher's Version: 10.1068/c12173
Author(s):
  • Patricia Romero Lankao - NCAR/UCAR
  • Sara Hughes - NCAR/UCAR
  • Angelica Rosas-Huerta
  • Roxana Borquez
  • Daniel Gnatz
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