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
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