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Aligning Climate Policy with National Interest: Disengagements with Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in South Africa
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9567-9936
2016 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 18, no 4, 463-481 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) were proposed as a policy framework that could provide middle ground for meeting both the development and mitigation objectives in developing countries. While South Africa engaged actively with the NAMA terminology in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, its engagement at the domestic level has been rather lacklus- tre. This presents an interesting paradox. The paper studies the interplay of international norms embodied in NAMAs with South Africa’s domestic policy process. Disengagement and contestation around NAMAs in South Africa is played out at three stages: decision- making stage where the symptoms surrounding this contestation first emerge; policy for- mulation stage where NAMAs have to not only align with the National Development Plan but also compete with a predilection for domestically familiar terminology of flagships under the national climate policy; and finally the broader agenda-setting stage of policy process, where NAMAs have to prove useful in not only pursuing the developmental state agenda but also in tackling the underlying material factors that represent country’s economic dependency on fossil fuels. NAMAs faced combined resistance from ideas and interests in various degrees at all these stages resulting in their disengagement.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 18, no 4, 463-481 p.
Keyword [en]
Climate Policy, South Africa, Domestic Politics, International Relations, Policy process, NAMA
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Climate Research Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124580DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2016.1138402OAI: diva2:900567
GoverningNAMAs: Phase 2 -- Enhancing design and support for low-carbon trajectories
Swedish Energy Agency, P35462-2
Available from: 2016-02-04 Created: 2016-02-04 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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