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Intergovernmental politics and climate change: Scotland, UK, EU

Elizabeth Bomberg

In the UK, climate change policy is a complex mix of reserved and devolved powers, with the EU providing an additional 'layer' of governance. This paper will examine climate change policy in Scotland within this multilevel framework. It will address two key themes. First, to what extent has the Scottish government developed an autonomous policy on climate change, and how is this shaped by British and EU initiatives? Second, to what extent do climate change policies developed at the regional (Scottish) level influence intergovernmental dynamics. By examining the inter- relationship between policy autonomy and intergovernmental relations in an area of policy interdependence, this paper should shed light on thorny and important questions relating to the constitutional balance of power in multilevel systems.

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