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Coping with emissions. Institutions, ideas, and strategies in policy coordination processes: air quality and climate change policies in Mexico City and Paris

Abstract : The thesis analyzes environmental policy coordination processes in cities. Based on a comparative case study of air quality and climate change policies in Mexico City and Paris, the research demonstrates that policy coordination in cities is a dynamic, sequential process where actors from the four governance dimensions – urban, vertical, horizontal, and international – with different competences and perceptions on how their actions affect each other, interact strategically under particular institutional configurations and cognitive references. To do so, the thesis develops a theoretical framework based on two approaches: historical institutionalism that addresses institutions as changing, power distributional elements, and cognitive theories of public policy that explain the organization of policy processes around ideational paradigms or frames of reference. The main argument is divided into two parts. First, policy coordination results from the interplay between (1) institutions that shape governance arrangements by distributing competences and establishing frameworks for action, (2) cognitive frameworks and ideational processes that define references, paradigms, and problems, and (3) the strategic interactions taking place within. The three elements combine, leading to positive coordination, negative coordination, or conflict. Second, those arrays remain steady until changes in the institutional context, either abrupt or incremental, rearrange the interactions by altering the frameworks of action, leading to different coordination sequences. Hence, I argue that due to the changing nature of the institutional context, coordination processes are sequential, rather than one-shot interactions due to the interplay between the abovementioned factors.
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Roberto Rodriguez. Coping with emissions. Institutions, ideas, and strategies in policy coordination processes: air quality and climate change policies in Mexico City and Paris. Political science. Paris : Sciences Po - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2022. English. ⟨tel-03623452⟩

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