To paraphrase Greta Thunberg, “business-as-usual and some technical solutions” are likely not to suffice to address climate change: disruptions, radical changes or even revolutions will be needed. Public administration has been addressing such questions for a long time, through the concept of innovation, referring to new practices, on the whole public value creation chain (De Vries, Bekkers, and Tummers 2016).
Most climate action, political pressure to engage in it and policy innovations occurs in cities. Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira focuses on Subnational Governments, Cities and Climate Change. He observes that cities have most impact on climate and most resources to engage in climate action. He calls for contributions discussing such innovations, trends, relations with other governance levels, and research challenges and opportunities.
Raquel Carvalho focuses on the distinctive role of public administration in orienting collaborative governance settings such as Public-Private Partnerships towards climate action projects, while managing the risk of civil society and enterprises to withdraw from such settings to pursue own objectives separately.
Dan Abdulla al Buarki & Faisal Isa Al Khayyat focuses on Public Administration Innovations for Climate Action more generally. They call for contributions on best practices, experiences and studies able of informing climate action policies. Technologies, alignment with development strategies, and utilities are especially focused on.