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Depoliticizing adaptation: a critical analysis of EU climate adaptation policy
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
2018 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The ways in which climate adaptation is understood in the European Union is examined via three key policy documents: the Strategy on adaptation and the Green and White Papers that preceded it. Drawing on Poststructuralist Discourse Theory, light is shed on the implicit values and assumptions that underpin this recent policy initiative. The findings demonstrate a tension between the declared ambition to act on adaptation and implicit suggestions that nothing really has to change, and the challenge can be addressed by market and technological innovations, and by mainstreaming adaptation into existing sectoral policies. The policy discourse effectively serves to depoliticize choices societies make in response to climate change, presenting adaptation as a non-political issue. Insight into European adaptation discourse enables deeper understanding of recent policy developments and opens up possible entry points for critique.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
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Climate change adaptation, European Union, Poststructuralist Discourse Theory, Logics of Critical Explanation, depoliticization, policy discourse
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Political Science Human Geography
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Environmental Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34443DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1429207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34443DiVA: diva2:1178787
Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-01-31Bibliographically approved

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