Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk

Harries, Tim and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C. (2011) Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk. Global Environmental Change, 21 (1). pp. 188-197. ISSN 0959-3780

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.09.002

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Abstract

Interviews were conducted with risk managers in a case-study area in England to determine the factors influencing the choice between more traditional, engineering based, adaptation to flood risk and those focussing on vulnerability reduction. The findings of in-depth analysis of these interviews have implications for climate change adaptation as a whole. They suggest that government policies to implement a broader range of adaptation measures might be hampered by institutional cultures formed when structural, engineered approaches were the norm. Political decentralisation and the fashion for public consultation exacerbate this effect, leaving decision-makers more responsive to the influence of those directly affected by natural hazards than they are to the needs of the wider population or to policy pronouncements by government.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):adaptation; environmental risk; institutional inertia; flooding; engineering discourse; public consultation; victim pressure
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
ID Code:9257
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