The challenges of delivering climate change policy at the sub-national level

Graham Pearce, Stuart Cooper

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It is asserted that sub-national government has a key role in responding to climate change. Drawing on a case study of metropolitan authorities in the English Midlands, this article examines the contribution of local authorities and their partners in delivering climate change targets agreed upon with central government. Rather than achieving fundamental change, actions were hampered by competing priorities, fragmented responsibilities, limited resources and difficulties in measuring outcomes. Nevertheless, in light of public expenditure cuts and the current coalition government's commitment to free councils from central targets, gaining support for local climate change actions will become even more challenging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-444
Number of pages26
JournalTown Planning Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • barriers to action
  • climate change
  • downscaled targets
  • localism
  • sub-national government


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