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The Politics of Maladaptation

by 1 and 1,2,3,*
The Centre for Societal Risk Research and political science, Karlstad University, 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden
The Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, Uppsala University, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
The Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Received: 29 March 2021 / Revised: 15 April 2021 / Accepted: 17 April 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anthropogenic Climate Change: Social Science Perspectives)
An emerging component of the adaptation discourse, embracing theory, practice and review, is that of the negative assessment of adaptation, namely, maladaptation. Political theories and concepts have been applied as one of these assessment tools, giving rise to a political critique of maladaptation. Such a critique contrasts with the more conventional scientific and technical assessments of adaptation policies, programs and practices. Key political themes in studies of maladaptation include resource management and allocations, decision making processes, equity and fairness, gender, power and influence, and Nature and ecology. Within the scholarship on the politics of maladaptation, overlapping frameworks can be identified. Critiques of adaptation have been applied to the preconditions of adaptation, adaptation decision making processes and institutions, and to adaptation outcomes. There are a number of conceptual challenges in undertaking political analyses of adaptation. In this article, we outline the origins of the adaptation and maladaptation concepts, we describe the key political issues, we identify the application of politics in the maladaptation discourse and identify the major political perspectives. Finally, we draw conclusions on the state of the maladaptation discourse. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation; environmental justice; institutional reform; maladaptation; politics; political ecology; political economy adaptation; environmental justice; institutional reform; maladaptation; politics; political ecology; political economy
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Glover, L.; Granberg, M. The Politics of Maladaptation. Climate 2021, 9, 69.

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Glover L, Granberg M. The Politics of Maladaptation. Climate. 2021; 9(5):69.

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