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Journal of Public Administration

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TitleThe Network Perspective in Climate Change: Exploring the Negotiation Complexity of Environmental Politics
作者Chu-Chien Hsieh
作者說明Assistant Professor, Department of Regional and Social Development, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan. e-mail: jeffhsieh920@gmail.com
摘要Climate change has become the severest challenge for global governments over time. This book deeply demonstrates the actors’ efforts devoted to the issue of climate change in global civil society to convince activists, advocates, and policy-makers to participate in the social movement for environmental policies. First of all, Hadden observed the negotiation process in crucial relations for activists that eventually produced collective action. Prof. Hadden explained the network relationships of political interaction among the actors in public sectors, NGOs, and civil society through the concept of social networking. In particular, one core value of this book is to understand how the network relationships of transnational actors influence policy-making performance with respect to climate change. Actually, the network ties are more important than attributes to describe and explain organizational policy decisions. Otherwise, political opportunity is crucial in terms of environment and governance, especially based on the complexity of the actors in civil society. Meanwhile, the organizational behaviors respond to network opportunity (political process theory), and tactics reflect organizational ideology, structure, and resources (organizational theory). The contribution of this book for Taiwan’s public administration includes the following: first, it strengthens the network concept applied to interactive relationships; second, it introduces network analysis to the policy-making process through actors’ roles, structures and functions to understand the influence of decision-making results.
Keywords: climate change, social networking, environmental politics, collective action, civil society
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