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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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Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change

Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change

(p.261) 9 Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change
Global Commons, Domestic Decisions

Kathryn Harrison

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the comparative politics of climate change. Diversity of outcomes related to the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and governments’ policy actions are demonstrated from the various case studies presented. The issue of the mitigation of climate change in the case of an individual country draws comparisons across the cases for further theoretical insights. A comparison is made relating to various factors, including policymakers’ self-interest, electoral incentives, compliance costs, interest group pressures, international influences, and institutions. The chapter also provides a comparative discussion on ratification and domestic mitigation policies related to the Kyoto Protocol.

Keywords:   climate change, Kyoto Protocol, mitigation policies, electoral incentives, international influences, compliance costs, comparative politics

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