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Climate Pioneership and Leadership in Structurally Disadvantaged Maritime Port Cities

Climate Pioneership and Leadership in Structurally Disadvantaged Maritime Port Cities

In this article, the authors, among them Ecologic Institute's Linda Mederake, assess innovative climate governance in small-to-medium-sized structurally disadvantaged cities (SDCs). Considering their deeply ingrained severe economic and social problems, it would be reasonable to assume that SDCs act primarily as climate laggards or at best as followers. However, novel empirical findings show that SDCs are capable of acting as climate pioneers. Different types and styles of climate leadership and pioneership and how they operate within multi-level and polycentric governance structures are identified and assessed. SDCs seem relatively readily willing to adopt transformational climate pioneership styles to create 'green' jobs, for example, in the offshore wind energy sector and with the aim of improving their poor external image.


Citation

Wurzel, Rüdiger; Moulton, Jeremy; Osthorst, Winfried; Mederake, Linda; Deutz, Pauline; Jonas, Andrew (2019): Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities. Environmental Politics 28(1): 146-166.

Language
English
Author(s)
Author(s)
Rüdiger K. W. Wurzel
Jeremy F.G. Moulton
Winfried Osthorst
Pauline Deutz
Andrew E. G. Jonas
Publisher
Year
2019
Published In
ISSN
0964-4016 (print), 1743-8934 (online)
Dimension
21 pp.
Keywords
structurally disadvantaged cities, climate, pioneers, leaders, offshore wind energy jobs, societal participation,