Bureaucratic politics and the allocation of climate finance
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The ﬁnancing of climate measures in developing countries – climate ﬁnance – is an increasingly important issue in global climate governance. While a growing body of literature has highlighted the importance of bureaucratic actors within governments as a factor inﬂuencing political decisions, quantitative studies on climate ﬁnance have so far only focused on extra-governmental factors. We argue that this is a serious shortcoming given that the allocation of climate ﬁnance involves ministries with different priorities. This paper addresses the gap by studying how the involvement of ministries in policy processes inﬂuences the implementation of bilateral climate ﬁnance. We ﬁnd that ministry involvement matters for both the selection and allocation of climate ﬁnance. First, we discover that involvement of the ministry of development means that lower income countries are more likely to be selected as recipients of climate ﬁnance but surprisingly that does not mean recipients acquire more climate ﬁnance. Second, we discover that when the ministry of environment is involved, donor countries are more likely to provide aid to UNFCCC allies, and when it is the ministry holding the “lead” on climate ﬁnance, non-allies tend to receive less aid than allies.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
2013/01/01 → 2017/12/31