The United States is often perceived as sceptical, if not hostile, to the need to address man-made climate change. US government policy has undoubtedly disappointed environmentalists and scientists who believe more concerted action is needed, but a careful examination of the evidence reveals a number of policy actions designed to investigate, mitigate, and adapt to climate change have been implemented. Laws, regulatory action, and court rulings have led to advances in climate science, action to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to prepare for the potential consequences of climate change. In this important book Chris Bailey explains and details the challenges and achievements of US climate change policy from its origins to the present day.
’Bailey’s book does an excellent job of capturing the essential elements of the climate change policy debates in the United States. It provides a concise and cogent analysis of both the underlying factors that determine climate change policy as well as a clear overview of the policies themselves. In all it’s a valuable primer for an audience looking for insight into one of the most important policy areas of our time.’ Christopher Borick, Muhlenberg College, USA ’This important book provides us with a careful, scrupulously researched, and insightful analysis of the difficulties of developing a coherent climate change policy in the US. The study’s sensitivity to the structural, cultural, and institutional features of American politics will make it invaluable not just to environmental specialists but more generally to all students of American government and public policy.’ Gillian Peele, University of Oxford, UK
About the Series
Transforming Environmental Politics and Policy
The theory and practice of environmental politics and policy are rapidly emerging as key areas of intense concern in the first, third and industrializing worlds. People of diverse nationalities, religions and cultures wrestle daily with environment and development issues central to human and non-human survival on the planet Earth. Air, Water, Earth, Fire. These central elements mix together in so many ways, spinning off new constellations of issues, ideas and actions, gathering under a multitude of banners: energy security, food sovereignty, climate change, genetic modification, environmental justice and sustainability, population growth, water quality and access, air pollution, mal-distribution and over-consumption of scarce resources, the rights of the non-human, the welfare of future citizens-the list goes on. What is much needed in green debates is for theoretical discussions to be rooted in policy outcomes and service delivery. So, while still engaging in the theoretical realm, this series also seeks to provide a 'real world' policy-making dimension. Politics and policy making is interpreted widely here to include the territories, discourses, instruments and domains of political parties, non-governmental organizations, protest movements, corporations, international regimes, and transnational networks. From the local to the global-and back again-this series explores environmental politics and policy within countries and cultures, researching the ways in which green issues cross North-South and East-West divides. The 'Transforming Environmental Politics and Policy' series exposes the exciting ways in which environmental politics and policy can transform political relationships, in all their forms.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy