Institutional deficit and lack of legitimacy : The challenges of climate change governance in Hong Kong

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  • Maria Francesch-Huidobro

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-810
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Politics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


Despite growing interest in China's response to climate change, few studies address what is happening at the sub-national level. Hong Kong has implemented several mitigation and adaptation climate-related initiatives. An analytical framework combining multi-level governance with the concepts of institutionalisation and legitimisation is applied to Hong Kong's climate initiatives. Hong Kong's ability to devise a climate change strategy that is institutionalised and legitimated is found to be constrained by a range of climate policy-specific and broader socio-economic and political factors. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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  • climate change, Hong Kong, institutionalisation, legitimisation, multi-level governance