U.S. Climate Change Politics

Henrik Selin and Stacy D. Vandeveer

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
 U.S. Climate Change Politics

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This article analyzes federal and international aspects of U.S. climate change politics and policy making. It begins by discussing a few key aspects of U.S. federalism and the governance complexity of addressing climate change as a prime example of a third-generation environmental problem. It then examines American climate change politics at federal and subnational governance levels, involving a multitude of legal and political activities and interactions by a large number of public, private, and civil society sector actors. Next, it discusses U.S. global and transnational engagement around climate change mitigation and adaptation issues, before offering a few concluding remarks about the future of U.S. climate change governance. In addition, it identifies some priority areas for continuing empirical research and more in-depth analysis.

Keywords: climate change governance; environmental policy; federalism; environmental politics

Article.  9121 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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