Innovations in urban climate governance : voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings and cities / Jeroen van der Heijden, Australian National University.

Heijden, Jeroen van der, 1977- author.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Business and public policy.
Business and public policy
xv, 337 pages ; 24 cm.
Urban ecology (Sociology)
Sustainable urban development -- Citizen participation.
City planning -- Environmental aspects -- Citizen participation.
Social action.
"Building on unique data, this book analyses the efficacy of a prominent climate change mitigation strategy: voluntary programs for sustainable buildings and cities. It evaluates the performance of thirty-five voluntary programs from the global north and south, including certification programs, knowledge networks, and novel forms of financing. The author examines them through the lens of club theory, urban transformation theory, and diffusion of innovations theory. Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) the book points out the opportunities and constraints of voluntary programs for decarbonising the built environment, and argues for a transformation of their use in climate change mitigation. The book will appeal to readers interested in sustainable city planning, climate change mitigation, and voluntarism as an alternative governance mechanism for achieving socially and environmentally desirable outcomes. The wide diversity of cases from the global north and south generate new insights, and offers practical guidelines for designing effective programs"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Why focus on voluntary programmes for sustainable buildings and cities?; 2. The sustainable building challenge: contextualising the problem; 3. A world of voluntary programs: prevailing and advanced theoretical perspectives; 4. Bridging supply and demand; 5. Generating and sharing knowledge; 6. Providing funds; 7. Separating the wheat from the chaff: a crisp-set qualitative comparative analysis (csQCA); 8. Voluntary programs for sustainable cities elsewhere: certification and classification in India, Malaysia, and Singapore; 9. Beyond the leadership delusion: what role for voluntary programs in decarbonising buildings and cities?; Appendix A. Country snapshots; Appendix B. Voluntary program snapshots; Appendix C. Application of QCA in this book and an additional fsQCA; Appendix D. Interviews; References; Index.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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