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Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change

Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom


Climate change represents a “tragedy of the commons” on a global scale, requiring the cooperation of nations that do not necessarily put the Earth’s well-being above their own national interests. And yet, international efforts to address global warming have met with some success; the Kyoto Protocol, in which industrialized countries committed to reducing their collective emissions, took effect in 2005 (although without the participation of the United States). This book explains international action on climate change from the perspective of countries’ domestic politics. In an effort to understa ... More

Keywords: Kyoto Protocol, domestic politics, comparative politics, international positions, global policies, electoral incentives, political incentives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014267
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Harrison, editor

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, editor