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Climate Clever: How Governments Can Tackle Climate Change (and Still Win Elections)

By: Hugh Compston (Editor), Ian Bailey (Editor)

136 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Feb 2012 | #204891 | ISBN-13: 9780415679770
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Hardback | Feb 2012 | #204892 | ISBN-13: 9780415679763
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Why, despite two decades of climate policy, have affluent democracies made so little progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions? We know that there are ways of doing this that are both practical and affordable. It is politics that is the problem. Stringent climate policies may lead companies to redirect investment elsewhere, or lead voters to retaliate at the ballot box.

There are many political obstacles to stronger action. What can be done? Based on an analysis of the logic of policy making, plus observation of recent developments in climate politics, Climate Clever identifies a broad range of political strategies that are available to governments that wish to take more effective action against climate change while avoiding serious political damage.

Separate chapters deal with strategies relating to unilateral action, persuasion, political exchange, and changing the terms of political exchange. Climate Clever is the first book-length study of political strategy and climate change and will be of interest not only to policymakers but also to experts and activists looking to formulate politically realistic policy proposals, and scholars and students of politics and environmental studies.


1. Getting to Grips with the Problem
2. Just do it
3. Persuasion
4. Political Exchange
5. Changing the terms of Political Exchange
6. The Way Ahead

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Hugh Compston is a Professor of Politics at Cardiff University and has published widely on political economy, public policy and climate politics. Recent books include Policy Networks and Policy Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Climate Change and Political Strategy (edited) (Taylor and Francis, 2010), and Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies (edited with Ian Bailey) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Ian Bailey is an Associate Professor at the University of Plymouth, specialising in European climate policy. He has published widely on aspects of environmental policy, including a special issue of Area on climate policy implementation (2007), and Turning down the heat: The politics of climate policy in affluent democracies (with Hugh Compston, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He has advised UK government, the EU and Policy Network on various aspects of climate policy.

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