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Tanner, Thomas, Zaman, R.U., Acharya, Sunil, Gogoi, Elizabeth and Bahadur, Aditya (2019) 'Influencing resilience: The role of policy entrepreneurs in mainstreaming climate adaptation.' Disasters, 43 (S3). S388-S411.

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One way to make development pathways more resilient in the face of a changing climate has been through mainstreaming adaptation into government policies, planning and sectoral decision‐making. To date, many of the transferable lessons have taken the form of technical approaches such as risk assessments and toolkits. This article instead draws on evidence from South Asia to emphasise some of the more tacit and informal approaches used to influence adaptation policy. Despite their apparent significance in policy processes, such tactics are often neither planned for nor well reported in resilience‐building projects and programme documents. Using evidence to populate a typology of influencing strategies, this article looks particularly at the role of policy entrepreneurs who navigate the political complexity of both formal and informal governance systems to promote successful adaptation mainstreaming. It concludes with recommendations for adaptation and resilience programming that can more effectively harness the breadth of influencing strategies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: adaptation, mainstreaming, policy influence, policy processes, policy entrepreneurs, resilience
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
ISSN: 14677717
Copyright Statement: © 2019 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2019 This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 08:54
Funders: Other

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