This project aims at analyzing innovative solutions of municipalities dealing with climate change. How do learning processes evolve? Under which circumstances are innovative approaches to local climate policy developed? We are evaluating innovations in climate change policy as programmatic, institutional and policy modifications. It is presumed that specifically trans-local action strongly contributes to learning processes and innovations in climate change policy.
This project adds to preliminary work that was done in the context of the German Research Foundation (DFG) research group “Local Generation of Knowledge Relevant for Action – The Case of Local Strategies and Measures Dealing with Climate Change,” which executed comparative case studies of the cities of Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart (see subproject “Local Generation of Knowledge in the Context of the European Union” | subproject “Cities and climate change: city competition, municipal networks and policy learning”). This project expands the case studies of the re-search group. By increasing the number of cases the subsequent results concerning the circumstances of local innovations can be verified and generalized.