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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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The Means Behind the Methods

The Means Behind the Methods

Governing Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Repowering Cities

Sara Hughes

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses how New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto have used the three governing strategies—institution building, coalition building, and capacity building—to support their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Each strategy reduces key sources of uncertainty that arise when taking up the new and challenging issue of climate change mitigation. The governing strategies facilitate action on climate change and channel resources to the effort. In this way, the strategies underpin and support governance for climate change mitigation regardless of the particular mode of governing or source of emissions being targeted. These strategies have manifested in different ways: while New York City and Toronto have focused on building stakeholder coalitions invested in and informing city government programs, Los Angeles has focused more on mobilizing voters willing to support ballot initiatives.

Keywords:   New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, governing strategies, institution building, coalition building, capacity building, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change mitigation, ballot initiatives

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