1st Edition

Climate Politics in Small European States

Edited By Neil Carter, Conor Little, Diarmuid Torney Copyright 2021
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    The characteristics of small states generate multiple and contradictory expectations concerning their climate policies and politics. Do small states perceive themselves as market- and rule-takers, which are largely irrelevant to a global problem, and which must prioritise international competitiveness above climate policy goals? Or do their institutions and their small size foster consensus, coordination, and nimble responses to a changing international scene, allowing them to attain competitive advantages and become climate leaders?

    Climate Politics in Small European States examines how the characteristics of small states structure climate politics and both enable and constrain ambitious climate policies. This volume contributes to our knowledge of how institutions, including electoral institutions and institutions of interest intermediation, actors such as parties, interest groups, individuals, governments, and ideas shape climate policy and politics. The volume also contributes to redressing a deficit in the attention given to smaller states in the study of comparative climate politics.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.

    Introduction: Climate politics in Small European States

    Neil Carter, Conor Little and Diarmuid Torney

    1. Does size matter? Comparing the party politics of climate change in Australia and Norway

    Fay Madeleine Farstad

    2. Drivers of political parties’ climate policy preferences: lessons from Denmark and Ireland

    Robert Ladrech and Conor Little

    3. Creative and disruptive elements in Norway´s climate policy mix: the small-state perspective

    Stefan Ćetković and Jon Birger Skjærseth

    4. Divergent neighbors: corporatism and climate policy networks in Finland and Sweden

    Antti Gronow, Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, Marcus Carson and Christofer Edling

    5. The politics of carbon taxation: how varieties of policy style matter

    Mikael Skou Andersen

    6. The Czech Republic’s approach to the EU 2030 climate and energy framework

    Mats Braun

    7. Climate laws in small European states: symbolic legislation and limits of diffusion in Ireland and Finland

    Diarmuid Torney


    Prof. Neil Carter is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He is the author of The Politics of the Environment (3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2018).

    Dr. Conor Little is Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. His research on climate politics focuses on the policy preferences and policy influence of political parties.

    Dr. Diarmuid Torney is Associate Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He co-founded DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society and he is the author of European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India (MIT Press, 2015).