Adaptation Politics in Context: Governance and Sustainability

  • Leigh Glover
  • Mikael GranbergEmail author


This chapter examines two underlying contextual issues of adaptation politics: Governance and sustainability. Here, the focus is on governance, not just governments. A significant change in context is the change in perception that adaptation is not only a local issue, but now is multi-scalar. Public policy is a central aspect of governance, but the boundary between public and private adaptation is contested, especially regarding funding and support. Insurance is being promoted as an important adaptive measure and this is discussed. Sustainability deals with three topics that underpin environmental politics discourse: utilitarian versus spiritual evaluations, technological change versus behavioral change and rejections of economic growth. These topics provide the subject matter for the prominent political debates in adaptation politics, each of which is informed by a specific theoretical and conceptual foundations.


Governance Institutions Market failures Public policy Politics Technocracy Sustainability 


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  1. 1.The Centre for Societal Risk ResearchKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.The Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS)Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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