Climate Change and the Oil Industry: Common Problems, Varying Strategies

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Multinational corporations are not merely the problem in environmental concerns, but could also be part of the solution. The oil industry and climate change provide the clearest example of how the two are linked; what is less well-known is how the industry is responding to these concerns.

This volume, available for the first time in paperback, presents a detailed study of the climate strategies of ExxonMobil, Shell and Statoil. With an innovative analytical approach, the authors...

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Overview

Multinational corporations are not merely the problem in environmental concerns, but could also be part of the solution. The oil industry and climate change provide the clearest example of how the two are linked; what is less well-known is how the industry is responding to these concerns.

This volume, available for the first time in paperback, presents a detailed study of the climate strategies of ExxonMobil, Shell and Statoil. With an innovative analytical approach, the authors explain variations at three decision-making levels: within the companies themselves, in the national home-bases of the companies, and at an international level. The analysis generates policy-relevant knowledge about whether and how corporate resistance to a viable climate policy can be overcome.

The analytical approach developed by the authors is also applicable to other areas of environmental degradation where multinational corporations play a central role.

The book is invaluable to students, researchers and practitioners interested in national and international environmental politics and business environmental management.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719065590
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Series: Issues in Environmental Politics Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Birger Skjaerseth is Senior Research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Tora Skodvin is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Political Science at the University of Oslo

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Table of Contents

List of tables and figures vi

Preface vii

Acronyms and abbreviations ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Analytical framework 12

3 The climate strategies of the oil industry 43

4 The Corporate Actor model 74

5 The Domestic Politics model 104

6 The International Regime model 158

7 Concluding remarks 196

Appendix: personal communication 221

References 223

Index 237

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