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Urban climate governance in Southeast Asian small and mid-sized cities: undermining resilience and distributing risks unevenly

Marks, Danny orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-0833-880X and Pulliat, Gwenn orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2649-5614 (2022) Urban climate governance in Southeast Asian small and mid-sized cities: undermining resilience and distributing risks unevenly. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 19 (1). pp. 141-160. ISSN 1943-815X

Secondary cities are home to most of the world’s urban populations vulnerable to climate change, yet researchers and policymakers have devoted less attention to them than large and megacities. To help address this gap, this paper explores the relationship between incomplete decentralized governance, climate change, and urban resilience. It does through the case studies of secondary cities of Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Secondary cities are of importance because they are the fastest growing cities in the Global South but also because they have weaker capacity to address climate risks. Through these case studies, the paper draws comparisons between the different cases to look at the linkages between decentralization and urban resilience in secondary cities. Overall, it argues that climate governance, due to the retention of power and resources by central bureaucrats along with fragmented governance structures, and misaligned incentive structures which prioritize economic growth over climate protection have undermined resilience building and contributed to the uneven distribution of climate risks in these cities.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Incomplete decentralization; secondary cities; urban climate resilience; mainland Southeast Asia; fragmented urban governance; urban political ecology
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1943815X.2022.2127774
Copyright Information:© 2022 The Authors.
Funders:Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
ID Code:27878
Deposited On:21 Oct 2022 10:14 by Daniel Marks . Last Modified 14 Mar 2023 14:57

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