Bridget K. Fahey

Syracuse University
Political Science

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Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
USA
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I am interested in U.S. state and local climate change adaptation policy, especially how state and local governments are navigating issue polarization and rules regulating intergovernmental relationships. State and local governments are already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change (drought in California, flooding on the eastern coast, wildfires in the western mountain states) but some state and local governments cannot or will not discuss climate change in their disaster mitigation planning and disaster responses for political reasons. Therefore, I am interested in understanding when and where conversations about climate change as a cause of these disasters are taking place as well as which actors are instrumental in integrating climate change adaptation into state and local disaster mitigation and response efforts. My dissertation research examines the role of local bureaucrats - like civil engineers and building code administrators - in shaping local responses to climate change threats.

Citation:
Fahey, Bridget and Sarah Pralle. (2016). "Governing Complexity: Recent developments in environmental politics and policy." Policy Studies Journal, 44(S1): S28-S49.
Abstract: Using a large sample of articles and books published between 2012 and 2015, this review shows the recent trends in environmental politics and policy scholarship. Environmental policy scholarship has embraced the concept of governance to explain the variety of actors and institutions that surround environmental problems and solutions. Scholars in the past three years used theories and methods to capture these governing dynamics in far-reaching and complicated issues like climate change. This article discusses recent patterns in the literature and demonstrates that new methods, recent theoretical focuses, and even the environmental issues covered by scholars reflect the field’s acknowledgement that scholars can and should account for complexity in their work. However, the literature has neglected certain regions and processes, such as the developing world and policy feedback processes, leaving significant gaps in our understanding.
URL: http://psjyearbook.com/content/article27-2016

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY

Keywords

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION LOCAL BUREACRATS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISASTER MANAGEMENT POLICY ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY