2000 volume 18(6) pages 727 – 748

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Bulkeley H, 2000, "Discourse coalitions and the Australian climate change policy network" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 18(6) 727 – 748

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Discourse coalitions and the Australian climate change policy network

Harriet Bulkeley

Received 24 March 1999; in revised form 18 January 2000

Abstract. Ever since the agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change has become the most prominent global environmental issue on domestic political agendas. The author examines how a policy-network approach can contribute to the analysis of domestic climate change responses. Consideration is given to the role of advocacy coalitions and discourse coalitions within policy networks. It is argued that the discourse-coalition approach offers a useful explanation of the processes of coalition formation, interaction, and policy learning. Although it cannot alone explain the outcomes of the policy process, its emphasis on the dynamics of meaning, legitimacy, and knowledge as an essential part of policymaking can usefully be incorporated into an analysis of policy networks.

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