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The Domestic Politics of Global Climate Change

Key Actors in International Climate Cooperation Edited by Guri Bang, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), Arild Underdal, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo and Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO) and Steinar Andresen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Why are some countries more willing and able than others to engage in climate change mitigation? The Domestic Politics of Global Climate Change compiles insights from experts in comparative politics and international relations to describe and explain climate policy trajectories of seven key actors: Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Using a common conceptual framework, the authors find that ambitious climate policy change is limited by stable material parameters and that governmental supply of mitigation policies meet (or even exceed) societal demand in most cases. Given the important roles that the seven actors play in addressing global climate change, the book’s in-depth comparative analysis will help readers assess the prospects for a new and more effective international climate agreement for 2020 and beyond.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78471 492 5
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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • International Politics
Why are some countries more willing and able than others to engage in climate change mitigation? The Domestic Politics of Global Climate Change compiles insights from experts in comparative politics and international relations to describe and explain climate policy trajectories of seven key actors: Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States.

Using a common conceptual framework, the authors find that the scope for a more ambitious climate policy is limited by stable material parameters such as energy resource endowments and accumulated infrastructural investments. Within that scope, governmental supply of mitigation policies seems to meet (or even exceed) societal demand for climate policy change in most cases. Given the important roles that the seven actors play in addressing global climate change, the book’s in-depth comparative analysis will help readers assess the prospects for a new and more effective international climate agreement for 2020 and beyond.

Students and scholars of environmental politics and the climate and environmental policy fields will find the new conceptual framework and empirical case studies of great value. The book’s up-to-date information and analyses will also interest energy sector practitioners and climate and energy policymakers.
‘Since the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, analysts have focused on what national policy is capable of delivering by way of emission reductions, as that level has de facto become the international regime. This carefully constructed book is immensely useful in the way that it describes and explains the policy trajectories of seven of the world’s largest emitters. It is highly recommended both as a state-of-the-art summary of the policy status quo in those countries and a launch pad for new analytical research on the sources of future policy innovation.’
– Andrew Jordan, University of East Anglia, UK
Contributors: S. Aamodt, S. Andresen, G. Bang, M. Iguchi, A. Korppoo, A. Luta, T. Rauken, J.B. Skjærseth, I. Stensdal, S. Tankha, A. Underdal







Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Guri Bang, Arild Underdal and Steinar Andresen

2. To be – or not to be – A Low-carbon Economy: A Decade of Climate Politics in Brazil
Solveig Aamodt

3. China: Every Day is a Winding Road
Iselin Stensdal

4. EU Climate and Energy Policy: Demanded or Supplied?
Jon Birger Skjærseth

5. Climate Politics, Emissions Scenarios and Negotiation Stances in India
Sunil Tankha and Trude Rauken

6. Japan’s Climate Policy: Post-Fukushima and Beyond
Masahiko Iguchi, Alexandru Luta and Steinar Andresen

7. Russia’s Climate Policy
Anna Korppoo

8. The United States: Obama’s Push for Climate Policy Change
Guri Bang

9. Comparative Analysis and Conclusions
Guri Bang, Arild Underdal and Steinar Andresen

Index