• Steffen Foldager Jensen
As municipalities are increasingly expected to raise the level of ambition of their climate effort, it is vital that climate action pervades the entire organisation across departments and sectors. This way, a holistic climate effort is organised, in which synergetic climate potentials are explored. However, municipalities experience a lacking ability to coordinate a plurality of climate projects, which makes it difficult to assess the degree, to which the effort coheres with overall policy objectives. Using this challenge as a starting point, this thesis examines the reasons behind the shortage of coordination, on the ground of which suggestions are proposed to improve the conditions for coordinating a cross-sectorial climate effort. The empirical object is limited to five municipalities in Northern Jutland, in which a series of interviews with mayors and planners constructs a methodological foundation and shapes a theoretical framework. By positioning the project within the tradition of transitioning from government to governance and actor-centred institutionalism, focus is directed at the structural approach to steering. It is concluded that a transition from vertical interaction flows in hierarchical organisational structures towards horizontal collaborations in loosely-coupled governance networks would add flexibility to municipalities and enable them to coordinate a cross-sectorial climate effort in an ever-changing society.
SpecialisationEnvironmental Management and Sustainability Science
Publication date4 Jun 2020
Number of pages49
ID: 333546125