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Climate and Clean Energy Policy

State Institutions and Economic Implications

By Benjamin H. Deitchman

© 2017 – Routledge (Monograph (DRM-Free))

144 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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State climate and clean energy policy will play a critical role in the future of the political dialogue and economic development. Policymakers from around the world already recognize the leadership of American states in this domain.

Rooted in public policy theory, and employing a mixed-methods approach that includes advanced economic analysis and qualitative research, Benjamin H. Deitchman explores the policy tools that address the politics and economics of clean energy development and deployment across all 50 states. Deitchman includes in his analysis international case studies of this policy context in Canada, Germany, and Australia to reveal different state-level policy tools, the politics behind the tools, and the economic implications of alternative approaches.

The rigorous analysis of the politics of state level institutions and economic implications of subnational climate and clean energy actions offers researchers, students, and policymakers with practical information to advance their understanding of these options in the policy process.


'All too often, energy analysts obsess over energy policies and their various permutations. Deitchman goes much further and looks at the politics and broader socioeconomic forces shaping state energy and climate planning processes and their outcomes. The result is a novel, rich, and intellectually engaging comparative assessment.' - Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex as well as Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Role of Federalism and Polycentric Governance of Energy Policy Issues

Chapter 3: Political Dimensions of Energy Policy

Chapter 4: Traditional and Innovative Financing Policies

Chapter 5: Buildings: Codes, Standards, and Incentives

Chapter 6: Regulatory Policies: EERS, RPS, and a Price on Carbon

Chapter 7: Smarter Rates for Electricity

Chapter 8: Promoting Green Jobs and the Green Economy

Chapter 9: International Contrasts, Comparisons, and Partnerships

Chapter 10: Conclusions

About the Author

Benjamin Deitchman wrote this book while working as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently works for the Georgia Public Service Commission in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Routledge Research in Environmental Policy and Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy