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Continuity and change in national riskscapes: a New Zealand perspective on the challenges for climate governance theory and practice

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posted on 29.04.2021, 01:54 by Iain White, Judith Lawrence
Abstract Climate change challenges how policy agents imagine and manage risks in space and time. The impacts are dynamic, uncertain and contested. We use riskscapes as a lens to analyse how New Zealand has perceived and mediated natural hazard and climate risks over time. We identify five different national riskscapes using a historical timeline, which have changed as global risks cascade into national and sub-national governance. We find that while there has been a major effort to reflect the dynamic and systemic language of risk theory in national policy, a significant challenge remains to develop appropriate governance and implementation strategies and to shift from long-held ways of doing and knowing.

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White, I. & Lawrence, J. (2020). Continuity and change in national riskscapes: a New Zealand perspective on the challenges for climate governance theory and practice. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 13(2), 215-231. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsaa005

Journal title

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Volume

13

Issue

2

Publication date

25/11/2020

Pagination

215-231

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

03/10/2020

ISSN

1752-1378

eISSN

1752-1386

Language

en

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