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International Environmental Policy: Interests and the Failure of the Kyoto Process

By: Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen and Aynsley Kellow

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #135286 | ISBN: 184064818X
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The Kyoto protocol has singularly failed to shape international environmental policy-making in the way that the earlier Montreal protocol had done. Whereas Montreal placed reliance on the force of science and moralistic injunctions to save the planet, and successfully determined the international response to climate change, Kyoto has provided significantly more problematic. "International Environmental Policy" considers why this is the case. The authors contend that such arguments on this occasion proved inadequate to the task, not just because the core issues of the Kyoto process were subject to more powerful and conflicting interests than previously, and the science too uncertain, but because the science and moral arguments themselves remained too weak. They argue that "global warming" is a failing policy construct because it has served to benefit limited but undeclared interest that were sustained by green beliefs rather than robust scientific knowledge. This topical book takes a frank look at the political motivations that underpin the global warming debate, and should appeal to the political scientists and energy policy analysts as well as anyone with an interest in the future of the environment and in the policies we create to protect it.


The international environmental policy process - increasing complexity and implementation failure; energy interests, opportunities and uneven burden-sharing; the Kyoto process; the failure of principled discourse; institutionalizing scientific advice - designing consensus as a policy driver?; the suppression of scientific controversy; baptists, bootleggers and the Kyoto process.

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