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Changing Climates in North American PoliticsInstitutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance$
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Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

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Field Notes on the Political Economy of California Climate Policy

Field Notes on the Political Economy of California Climate Policy

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(p.86) (p.87) 5 Field Notes on the Political Economy of California Climate Policy
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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Alexander E. Farrell

W. Michael Hanemann

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.003.0005

This chapter provides a brief illustration of the political and scientific background of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) and other elements of California's climate policy. AB32 emerged due to California's characteristic institutions and polity. Climate policy is likely to influence large parts of California's public policy agenda and these impacts are mostly unavoidable. The chapter also presents how California's climate change policy formed and documents the first measures to be taken. It then concludes by explaining how AB32 came to be passed and also provides closing remarks on the lessons that can be learned from the process of AB32's enactment, and what can be expected from California's climate change policies in the future.

Keywords:   AB32, climate change, California, climate change policy

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