Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk

Harries, Tim and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund (2011) Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk. Global Environmental Change Part A, 21(1), pp. 188-197. ISSN (print) 0959-3780

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Abstract

Interviews were conducted with risk managers in a case-study area in England to determine the factors influencing the choice between more traditional, engineering based, adaptation to flood risk and those focussing on vulnerability reduction. The findings of in-depth analysis of these interviews have implications for climate change adaptation as a whole. They suggest that government policies to implement a broader range of adaptation measures might be hampered by institutional cultures formed when engineered approaches were the norm. Political decentralisation and the fashion for public consultation exacerbate this effect, leaving decision-makers more responsive to the influence of those directly affected by natural hazards than they are to policy pronouncements by government.

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Additional Information: This workwas supported by the Economic and Social Research Council; King's College London; the European Commission and the European Union [grant number: ERAC-CT-2004-515742].
Uncontrolled Keywords: institutional inertia; climate change; flooding; victim pressure; flood protection; flood; flood policy
Research Area: Geography and environmental studies
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law > Kingston Business School (Strategy, Marketing and Entrepreneurship) (until July 2013)
Faculty of Business and Law
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Depositing User: Tim Harries
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 13:29
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:50
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/18065

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