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Global Commons, Domestic DecisionsThe Comparative Politics of Climate Change$
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Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014267

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014267.001.0001

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The United States as Outlier: Economic and Institutional Challenges to US Climate Policy

The United States as Outlier: Economic and Institutional Challenges to US Climate Policy

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(p.67) 3 The United States as Outlier: Economic and Institutional Challenges to US Climate Policy
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Global Commons, Domestic Decisions
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Kathryn Harrison

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014267.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the economic and institutional challenges to US climate policy. US resistance to action at both the international and domestic levels is explained by electoral disincentives, reinforced by distinctive US political institutions. The chapter discusses the ways in which US political institutions have amplified electoral disincentives to action. Negotiation related to the Kyoto Protocol is also presented. The significant shifts in US climate policy with the election of Democratic president, Barack Obama, are discussed.

Keywords:   climate policy, electoral disincentives, political institutions, Kyoto Protocol

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