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Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies

Compston, Hugh William and Bailey, Ian, eds. 2008. Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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It is now generally agreed that climate change is occurring and that greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut very significantly if it is to be brought under control, yet governments in affluent democracies are not implementing policies that have the capacity to do this. As economists have identified numerous economically viable ways of radically cutting emissions, it is clear that the obstacles to decisive action are political in nature. This book tackles the issue of how these might be overcome by providing a broad-ranging and authoritative overview of the contemporary politics of climate policy in affluent democracies in order to identify political strategies that would make it easier for governments to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions without sustaining significant political damage. As such it is essential reading for anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of how climate change can be stopped.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230202047
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