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Climate Change and Political Strategy

Compston, Hugh William, ed. 2010. Climate Change and Political Strategy. Abingdon: Routledge.

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Abstract

Although the science of climate change is well-established and there are well-known policy instruments that could significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without prohibitive economic costs, political obstacles to more determined action remain despite heightened concern among mainstream politicians and the public. This book analyses the political dynamics of climate policy in affluent democracies from a number of different theoretical angles in order to improve our understanding of which political strategies would be likely to enable national governments to make deep cuts in GHG emissions while avoiding significant political damage. The authors argue that different conceptual and logical theories highlight different features of political situations. Describing the politics of climate policy in this way will result in different conceptual, logical views of this phenomenon. And to some extent the inferences drawn from such differing views about the nature of political obstacles to more vigorous action on climate change - and the best ways of overcoming them - will also be different. Singly and together, these analyses reveal a more detailed, nuanced view of the political options open to activist governments. This book was previously published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.

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)
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental politics
Additional Information: This book was published as a special issue of Environmental Politics
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415458702
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Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 02:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/27066

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