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Climate policy strength compared: China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, and Japan

Compston, Hugh William and Bailey, Ian 2016. Climate policy strength compared: China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, and Japan. Climate Policy 16 (2) , pp. 145-162. 10.1080/14693062.2014.991908

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The few systematic international comparisons of climate policy strength made so far have serious weaknesses, particularly those that assign arbitrary weightings to different policy instrument types in order to calculate an aggregate score for policy strength. This article avoids these problems by ranking the six biggest emitters by far – China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, and Japan – on a set of six key policy instruments that are individually potent and together representative of climate policy as a whole: carbon taxes, emissions trading, feed-in tariffs, renewable energy quotas, fossil fuel power plant bans, and vehicle emissions standards. The results cast strong doubt on any idea that there is a clear hierarchy on climate policy with Europe at the top: the EU does lead on a number of policies but so does Japan. China, the US, and India each lead on one area. Russia is inactive on all fronts. At the same time climate policy everywhere remains weak compared to what it could be.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Additional Information: PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policies at (accessed 15.07.14).
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-3062
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2014
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 16:23

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