Orchestrating Local Climate Policy in the European Union

Inter‐Municipal Coordination and the Covenant of Mayors in Germany and France

  • Lena Bendlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 271-318

About this book


Can we sidestep tedious climate policy negotiations and forge a coalition of the willing instead? Many international organizations and scholars hope to spur local climate action by orchestration, indirect and voluntary governance arrangements. Lena Bendlin looks beyond the apparent success of voluntary initiatives using the example of the Covenant of Mayors, often heralded as an exemplary multi-level EU initiative. Five in-depth case studies show why, how, and with what difficulties local governments engage in this voluntary commitment scheme. The analysis identifies durability, intensity, and causality as crucial building blocks for more cautious orchestration theorizing and derives recommendations for appropriate incentives and support at the regional, national, and international level.

  • Local Governments in European Multi-Level Climate Governance
  • Theorizing Orchestration in European Climate Governance
  • Case Study Approach to Research
  • Inter-Municipal Coordination in European Local Climate Governance
  • Analyzing Orchestration in the Covenant of Mayors

Target Groups
  • Scholars and master students of climate policy, international governance, orchestration theory, territorial governance, and comparative politics
  • Politicians and public employees working on improved multi-level coordination, sustainable energy, and local climate action

The Author
Dr. Lena Bendlin, political scientist, studies transformation governance at the German Institute for Urban Affairs (Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik – Difu) in Berlin.


Local Climate Policy Covenant of Mayors Orchestration Theory Inter-Municipal Associations Voluntary Commitment Schemes

Authors and affiliations

  • Lena Bendlin
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  1. 1.Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik – DIFUBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-26505-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-26506-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2626-2827
  • Series Online ISSN 2626-2835
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