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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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Second-Generation Climate Policies in the States: Proliferation, Diffusion, and Regionalization

Second-Generation Climate Policies in the States: Proliferation, Diffusion, and Regionalization

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(p.66) (p.67) 4 Second-Generation Climate Policies in the States: Proliferation, Diffusion, and Regionalization
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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Barry G. Rabe

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.003.0004

This chapter investigates the trends in state climate policy formation and implementation in the United States. The policies include the following developments: greenhouse gas mitigation policy measures; the diffusion of particular tools, such as renewable energy mandates; and multistate collaboration, which brings a regional angle to these state efforts in climate change policy. The chapter also explores the alternative methods for state climate policy development, which include direct democracy through ballot propositions and litigation through elected attorneys general. It concludes by comparing the ever-changing U.S. system with other multilevel governance systems such as the Canadian system, along with a discussion of the possible obstacles that may occur from the bottom-up strategy to policy development as the federal government becomes more engaged.

Keywords:   United States, greenhouse gas, climate change, climate change policy

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