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Repowering CitiesGoverning Climate Change Mitigation in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto$
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Sara Hughes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740411

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740411.001.0001

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Evaluating Urban Governance

Evaluating Urban Governance

A Three-Part Framework

(p.46) 2 Evaluating Urban Governance
Repowering Cities

Sara Hughes

Cornell University Press

This chapter develops a framework for understanding and evaluating the tools available to, and deployed by, city governments for governing, foregrounding the “how” of urban climate change mitigation. The framework has three components. First, city governments make choices about the policies and governing modes they will use to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These choices represent each city's unique route to climate change mitigation and are shaped by the broader social, political, institutional, and physical context. Second, regardless of the specific route a city chooses, there are shared governing strategies city governments can and do use to mobilize participants and resources: institution building, coalition building, and capacity building. These strategies allow city governments to reduce key sources of uncertainty, mobilize the participants, and coordinate the resources needed for change. Third, evaluating urban climate change governance requires evaluating its impacts. These are both reductions in city-scale GHG emissions and broader changes in the city, and beyond, catalyzed by efforts to reduce urban GHG emissions.

Keywords:   city governments, urban climate change mitigation, greenhouse gas emissions, governing strategies, institution building, coalition building, capacity building, climate change mitigation

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