How do local governments in Mexico City manage global warming?

AMS Citation:
Romero Lankao, P., 2007: How do local governments in Mexico City manage global warming? Local Environment, 12, 519-535, doi:10.1080/13549830701656887.
Date:2007-10-01
Resource Type:article
Title:How do local governments in Mexico City manage global warming?
Abstract: Cities are both significant emitters of carbon dioxide and centres of innovations that may contribute to de-carbonizing our societies. More voices claim therefore that local authorities should be included in efforts to mitigate climate change. However, few studies have analysed how local authorities manage carbon and climate in urban areas in middle- and low-income countries. Yet, the institutional settings and governance structures of such cities are different from those prevailing in cities of wealthy countries. This paper aims to fill this gap by exploring: (a) whether and--if so--how local authorities in Mexico City actually 'manage' carbon emissions; (b) how the city's evolving governance structures function and whether they 'fit' with the problem they address; and (c) how institutional capacity constrains authorities' management efforts. The paper suggests that policy networks and research groups have been critical in launching a climate agenda. Nevertheless, this has not been enough to push effective policies. Policymaking has been constrained by two sets of institutional factors: the problem of fit and a lack of institutional capacity.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:An edited version of this paper was published by Taylor & Francis. Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7bv7gvh
Publisher's Version: 10.1080/13549830701656887
Author(s):
  • Patricia Romero Lankao - NCAR/UCAR
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