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Urban carbon governance experiments: the role of Australian local governments

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Abstract


  • Cities, and particularly urban local governments, are now widely recognised for their part in the complex, multilevel landscape of climate governance and carbon reduction. Nonetheless local government projects and initiatives are often framed as of limited value, outside the formal governance framework, and unable to contribute systematically. In contrast, this paper locates these initiatives as already part of the way in which governing climate and carbon is conducted and as governance experiments. We provide a descriptive analysis of these initiatives across Australia's capital cities, highlighting the domains, mechanisms, and partners through which they operate. We illustrate the enactment of experimentation through a detailed examination of the Sydney-based initiative termed Treading Lightly, drawing out in particular the workings of institutional experimentation and experimentation in governance practices. We conclude with brief reflections on the governance implications of such experimentation and their importance as a site in the emergent politics of urban carbon governance.

UOW Authors


  •   McGuirk, Pauline
  •   Dowling, Robyn (external author)
  •   Brennan, Clare (external author)
  •   Bulkeley, Harriet (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. M., Dowling, R., Brennan, C. & Bulkeley, H. (2015). Urban carbon governance experiments: the role of Australian local governments. Geographical Research, 53 (1), 39-52.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84924200981

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3140&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2141

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Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 39

End Page


  • 52

Volume


  • 53

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Cities, and particularly urban local governments, are now widely recognised for their part in the complex, multilevel landscape of climate governance and carbon reduction. Nonetheless local government projects and initiatives are often framed as of limited value, outside the formal governance framework, and unable to contribute systematically. In contrast, this paper locates these initiatives as already part of the way in which governing climate and carbon is conducted and as governance experiments. We provide a descriptive analysis of these initiatives across Australia's capital cities, highlighting the domains, mechanisms, and partners through which they operate. We illustrate the enactment of experimentation through a detailed examination of the Sydney-based initiative termed Treading Lightly, drawing out in particular the workings of institutional experimentation and experimentation in governance practices. We conclude with brief reflections on the governance implications of such experimentation and their importance as a site in the emergent politics of urban carbon governance.

UOW Authors


  •   McGuirk, Pauline
  •   Dowling, Robyn (external author)
  •   Brennan, Clare (external author)
  •   Bulkeley, Harriet (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. M., Dowling, R., Brennan, C. & Bulkeley, H. (2015). Urban carbon governance experiments: the role of Australian local governments. Geographical Research, 53 (1), 39-52.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84924200981

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3140&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2141

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 39

End Page


  • 52

Volume


  • 53

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia