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Australian Climate Policy and Diplomacy

Government-Industry Discourses, 1st Edition

By Ben L. Parr


152 pages

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Australian Climate Policy and Diplomacy provides a well overdue critique of existing, and high-profile, publications that convey the ‘greenhouse mafia’ hypothesis, which posits that Australia’s weak policy response to climate change is the result of a menacing domestic fossil fuel lobby.

Ben Parr argues that the shared government-industry discourse about protecting Australia’s industrial competitiveness has had a more decisive influence in shaping and legitimising Australian climate policy than the direct lobbying tactics of the fossil fuel industry. Over the course of the book, Parr also reveals how policies have evolved over time and as a result of the different foreign policy discourses and traditions of the Liberal-National Coalition Party and the Australian Labor Party as alliance-focused versus internationalist respectively. To demonstrate his argument, he presents a discourse analysis woven into a chronological policy narrative, comprising more than 1000 primary texts (media releases, interviews and speeches) generated by prime ministers and key fossil fuel lobbyists. Overall, this volume illustrates how domestic forces have and are influencing Australia’s climate policy. In doing so, it also provides a framework which can be adapted to examine climate mitigation policies in other countries, notably Canada and the US.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental policy and governance, and Australian climate change policy and politics more specifically; as well as policymakers and practitioners working in these fields.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION: Australian Climate Policy and Politics

PART ONE: Conceptual Framework

  1. Theory and Method
  2. The Key Discourses
  3. PART TWO: The Cases

  4. The Gillard Labor Government (Including, Rudd 2013)
  5. The Abbott Coalition Government

CONCLUSION: Government-Industry Compatibility?

About the Author

Ben Parr holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and has researched climate politics at the UoM for 10 years.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Environment and Sustainability

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Australian & Oceanian
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change