The influence of COVID-19 on modes of governance for climate change—Expert views from the Netherlands and the UK

Cas Bulder, Iain Todd, Darren McCauley*, Mary Kate Burns

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Abstract

While the world is still in the grasp of COVID-19, countries are contemplating how to get their economies back on their feet. With a unique opportunity to do so in a sustainable manner, there is an urgent need to revisit the governance of climate change. Opportunities are clearly there: the resurgence in top-down policies in the pandemic might spill-over to climate governance; green economic stimuli might cause an increase in market-based approaches; or an increased focus on solidarity, inclusion and collective buy-in may drive more inclusive network-based governance. Using the classic trichotomy of hierarchy, market and network governance, we have analysed the findings of 60 interviews with expert representatives from government, industry and third sector parties in the UK and the Netherlands. Their consideration of the key policies and measures needed to help the transition forward point towards a clear desire for a more hierarchical approach. In addition, mixing the three approaches, especially market and hierarchy, is considered the best way forward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Policy and Governance
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funded by the NWO under grant NWO 440.20.026.

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© 2022 The Authors. Environmental Policy and Governance published by ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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