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Determinants of successful delivery by non-state actors: an exploratory study

Daniel Puig () and Fatemeh Bakhtiari ()
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Daniel Puig: Technical University of Denmark
Fatemeh Bakhtiari: Technical University of Denmark

International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 2021, vol. 21, issue 1, No 7, 93-111

Abstract: Abstract Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are giving an increasingly prominent role to non-state actor action. Reflecting this development, significant research efforts have gone into studying non-state actor actions. However, the literature shows a paucity of studies of the determinants of delivery by non-state actors. The article asks the following question: what is the full range of determinants of delivery by non-state actor focused on adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction? Drawing on data collected through interviews with, and a survey of, core partners in a selection of non-state actor actions, the article puts forward a taxonomy that can help gauge the likelihood that a non-state actor action may be able to deliver on its intended objectives. The findings presented in the article reveal that several of the determinants of delivery by non-state actors are outside of the sphere of influence of the core partners in these actions. The article makes the case for using this kind of taxonomies to conducting ex ante assessments of non-state actor actions, with a view to reflecting the results of the assessments in the design of the action, thus increasing the quality of non-state actor action.

Keywords: Climate change adaptation; Disaster risk reduction; Direct impacts; Indirect impacts; Effectiveness; Transnational climate change governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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