Skip to main content

To Opt-in or to Cop Out: COP26 and the Policy Dynamics of Decarbonising African Cities

  • 80 Accesses

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies book series (PSCRS)


The COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact appears to have kept alive the ambition of restricting temperature rises to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. However, developing countries must translate the agreements into specific policies and change instruments in their home countries. Carbon abatement agreements and the responsibility for financing climate change actions may be inimical to Africa’s fragile economies which are often dependent on natural resources and carbon-emitting activities. The Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) helps to evaluate the policy subsystem to explain how coalitions’ beliefs and resources can be channelled towards policymaking for the decarbonisation of African cities. Specifically, we use the ACF to review international cities coalitions and the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) to explore the interactions and institutional settings needed to negotiate, agree and implement the Glasgow Climate Pact for decarbonising African cities.


  • Decarbonisation
  • African cities
  • COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact
  • Advocacy coalition framework
  • Policy
  • Governance
  • Stakeholders

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
USD   34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Hardcover Book
USD   44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Learn about institutional subscriptions


Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Ayodele Asekomeh .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

About this chapter

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Asekomeh, A., Gershon, O., Azubuike, S.I. (2022). To Opt-in or to Cop Out: COP26 and the Policy Dynamics of Decarbonising African Cities. In: Azubuike, S.I., Asekomeh, A., Gershon, O. (eds) Decarbonisation Pathways for African Cities. Palgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Download citation

  • DOI:

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-031-14005-1

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-031-14006-8

  • eBook Packages: Social SciencesSocial Sciences (R0)