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A public choice framework for climate adaptation - barriers to efficient adaptation and lessons learned from German flood disasters

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Gawel, Erik; Lehmann, Paul; Strunz, Sebastian; Heuson, Clemens

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Abstract In this paper, we propose a comprehensive Public Choice framework to identify and categorize barriers to efficient public climate adaptation. Specifically, we distinguish three dimensions of public adaptation: extent, structure (form and timing) and organisation (vertical and horizontal). Within each of these dimensions, we investigate how the self-interest of voters, pressure groups, bureaucrats and politicians may bias adaptation decisions. Thus, we indicate specific barriers to efficient public adaptation. Based on this framework, we illustrate how Germany’s response to major flood disasters reflects the incentive structure of concerned stakeholders and their political interaction. The ad-hoc character of some public adaptation measures implies a clear bias from the efficient benchmark. In conclusion, we argue that the propositions of Public Choice theory shed some light on how empirical public adaptation processes unfold.
Keywords climate change; adaptation; climate policy; efficiency; social actor; decision making; natural disaster; risk management; economic theory; politics; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords public choice
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Leipzig
Page/Pages 25 p.
Series UFZ Discussion Papers, 3/2016
ISSN 1436-140X
Status Published Version
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike