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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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Climate Clever? Kyoto and Australia’s Decade of Recalcitrance

Climate Clever? Kyoto and Australia’s Decade of Recalcitrance

(p.201) 7 Climate Clever? Kyoto and Australia’s Decade of Recalcitrance
Global Commons, Domestic Decisions

Kate Crowley

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the decade of recalcitrance in Australia in relation to the Kyoto Protocol. It aims to link Australia’s international position on the Kyoto Protocol with its domestic policy agenda by considering international behavior, domestic policy, and the paradox that the coalition government had not ratified the Kyoto Protocol but was pursuing its Kyoto target. It also seeks to examine Australia’s domestic circumstances and its argument for its +8 percent Kyoto target before examining its electoral, normative, and institutional context. It presents the politics and policies of the Coalition government, led by John Howard, who was the Prime Minister in the decade from 1997 to 2007.

Keywords:   Kyoto Protocol, Australia, coalition government, domestic policy, Kyoto target

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