Have the Climate Change Acts adopted by a number of European states during the past decade, and currently proposed for Sweden, been conducive to forwarding climate mitigation, and if so, to what extent, and in which aspects? Based on an analytical framework focusing climate policy integration in both policy rhetoric and political practice, this study analyses and compares political developments and policy outcomes in four European countries post-implementation of national Climate Change Acts.
The aim of the project is to analyse if, how, why and by which conditions Climate Change Acts contribute to forwarding climate mitigation in practice. By comparing and contrasting the design and effects of Climate Change Acts in the UK, Denmark, Finland and Germany, as well as drawing parallels with the suggestions currently under governmental review in Sweden, the project will further enable analyses of the significance of institutional context and problems-of-fit for reaching positive outcomes. The results of the study will contribute to a better theoretical and empirical understanding of hard law in general, and Climate Change Acts in particular, as instruments for environmental policy integration, and thus present important practical lessons for policy makers aiming at devising legal mechanisms forwarding climate mitigation in industrialised democracies.