(June 2011) Urban policies addressing climate change. Governance processes between technological solutions and financial mechanisms

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The scientific community nowadays agrees on the actual experience of climate change, despite the lack of (shared) forecasting models able to define future scenarios. While the achievement of binding international treaties to come over the Kyoto protocol seems increasingly difficult, the belief that to face climate change it's necessary to act primarily at local level it's getting widespread. Local governments are called to play an active role and climate change has entered, more or less explicitly, into their political agenda even lacking an effective support from central government. Programs and project on the urban scale, especially those oriented to mitigation and no-regret policies in the field of building activities and transport, are spreading while transnational network of cities and NGO's are growing as political actor in the multilevel governance arena. The research is focused on the analysis of the urban policies addressing climate change, or rather on how the national targets, as defined by multilateral treaties, are transferred to the local level.
Within the dissertation, what arouses particularly interest is the complex, and sometimes uncommon, mechanism shaping the management of climate issue, that is the consolidation of the so-called climate governance, and the institutional architecture through which new relationships between the local, national and international levels, between public and private actors are emerging.
The selected point of view is mainly Western and European, within "European climate project" special attention will be paid to the "Covenant of Mayors", as a policy case study and at the same time a framework for local policies, it will be deepen the response of Italian local authorities to this initiative.
The research intends to adopt a deconstructing approach with regard to the rhetoric of green economy, trying to identify the paradigms and conceptual framework that are shaping the process of defining objectives, contents, "style" and tool box of climate policies.
Focusing on governance and institutional mechanism help to understand to what extent policies on the local level are influenced by super-local factors and their implementation guided by under-contextualized assumptions, drawing attention to the operational limits and constrains of urban governments beyond their potentialities.

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