Climate Change Subsystem Structure and Change: Network Mapping, Density and Centrality

Kathleen McNutt


Policy capacity in web-based settings is largely the
product of nodality, which provides centralized actors with
enhanced opportunities to detect information and affect
behavior. This paper examines four Canadian virtual policy
networks (VPN) currently facing policy challenges associated
with climate change adaptation including finance, infrastructure,
transportation, and forestry. The four sectors each
face specific types of challenges that will presumably influence
government’s policy capacity to respond to climate
change adaptation, which in turn will affect the state’s nodal
positioning in the VPNs. At the macro level governing capacity
will vary considerably among these sectors with some
more able to affect social behavior and evidence-informed
learning, while others will struggle to lead policy discourse
and development. It is hypothesized that the Canadian federal
government’s nodality, which is shaped by both reputational
capital and information credibility, will also be influenced
by the nature of actors involved and the degree to
which the VPN is internationalized.

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@Canadian Political Science Review (CPSR). ISSN 1911-4125