Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change

Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change

by Kathryn Harrison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262014262

ISBN-13: 9780262014267

Pub. Date: 07/30/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

Climate change represents a "tragedy of the commons" on a global scale, requiring the cooperation of nations that do not necessarily put the Earth's well-being above their own national interests. And yet international efforts to address global warming have met with some success; the Kyoto Protocol, in which industrialized countries committed to reducing

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Climate change represents a "tragedy of the commons" on a global scale, requiring the cooperation of nations that do not necessarily put the Earth's well-being above their own national interests. And yet international efforts to address global warming have met with some success; the Kyoto Protocol, in which industrialized countries committed to reducing their collective emissions, took effect in 2005 (although without the participation of the United States). Reversing the lens used by previous scholarship on the topic, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions explains international action on climate change from the perspective of countries' domestic politics.

In an effort to understand both what progress has been made and why it has been so limited, experts in comparative politics look at the experience of seven jurisdictions in deciding whether or not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and to pursue national climate change mitigation policies. By analyzing the domestic politics and international positions of the United States, Australia, Russia, China, the European Union, Japan, and Canada, the authors demonstrate clearly that decisions about global policies are often made locally, in the context of electoral and political incentives, the normative commitments of policymakers, and domestic political institutions. Using a common analytical framework throughout, the book offers a unique comparison of the domestic political forces within each nation that affect climate change policy and provides insights into why some countries have been able to adopt innovative and aggressive positions on climate change both domestically and internationally.

Contributors: Steinar Andresen, Inga Fritzen Buan, Kate Crowley, Kathryn Harrison, Gørild Heggelund, Laura A. Henry, Miranda A. Schreurs, Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Yves Tiberghien

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262014267
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/30/2010
Series:
American and Comparative Environmental Policy
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

1 Introduction: Global Commons, Domestic Decisions Kathryn Harrison Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom 1

2 European Union Leadership in Climate Change: Mitigation through Multilevel Reinforcement Miranda A. Schreurs Yves Tiberghien 23

3 The United States as Outlier: Economic and Institutional Challenges to US Climate Policy Kathryn Harrison 67

4 Russia and the Kyoto Protocol: From Hot Air to Implementation? Laura A. Henry Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom 105

5 Climate Leadership, Japanese Style: Embedded Symbolism and Post-2001 Kyoto Protocol Politics Yves Tiberghien Miranda A. Schreurs 139

6 The Struggle of Ideas and Self-Interest in Canadian Climate Policy Kathryn Harrison 169

7 Climate Clever? Kyoto and Australia's Decade of Recalcitrance Kate Crowley 201

8 Chinese Climate Policy: Domestic Priorities, Foreign Policy, and Emerging Implementation Gørild Heggelund Steinar Andresen Inga Fritzen Buan 229

9 Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change Kathryn Harrison Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom 261

Contributors 291

Series List 293

Index 295

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