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Table 1 Theoretical drivers for adoption and implementation of climate change policy by local governments

From: Reflections on the uptake of climate change policies by local governments: facing the challenges of mitigation and adaptation

Category Theoretical drivers
Policy incentive by central government Intergovernmental policy scheme
Local government organization Municipal size
Availability of knowledge
Degree of professionalization
Participation in transnational ‘pro-climate change’ networks
Presence of committed public official with political will to act
Presence of committed and experiential civil servant(s)
Power over related (policy) domains
Availability of (earmarked) funding
Contextual factors Climate risk
Climate stress
Civic capacity
Political institutions Type of political institution
Framing of climate change policies as a ‘need-based’ issue