Bringing Climate Change Down to Earth: Climate Change Governance from the Bottom Up

  • Cordula Kropp
  • Jana Türk
Part of the Governance and Limited Statehood book series (GLS)


In many localities, social activism has arisen to react on climate change and paves the way for new forms of coordination and cooperation. The article discusses proactive modes of climate governance in ongoing community-led transformation processes in contrast to the states’ governance and implementation deficit concerning climate policy at the national level as a special type of ‘limited statehood’. Reporting on our case studies in the Bavarian and South Tyrolean Alps in Germany and Italy we discuss how novel actor constellations foster sustainable development processes and we evaluate them with different focal points to understand their respective effects and the roles of the state therein. Finally we show the great importance of shared visions, which help to overcome traditional sector boundaries and conflicting interests.


Climate Change Civil Society Climate Policy Shared Vision Climate Mitigation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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