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Making Climate Policy Work

Danny Cullenward David G. Victor

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Polity Press
23 October 2020
For decades, the world's governments have struggled to move from talk to action on climate. Many now hope that growing public concern will lead to greater policy ambition, but the most widely promoted strategy to address the climate crisis - the use of market-based programs - hasn't been working and isn't ready to scale.

Danny Cullenward and David Victor show how the politics of creating and maintaining market-based policies render them ineffective nearly everywhere they have been applied. Reforms can help around the margins, but markets' problems are structural and won't disappear with increasing demand for climate solutions. Facing that reality requires relying more heavily on smart regulation and industrial policy - government-led strategies - to catalyze the transformation that markets promise, but rarely deliver.
By:   Danny Cullenward, David G. Victor
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   356g
ISBN:   9781509541805
ISBN 10:   1509541802
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   23 October 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Danny Cullenward is Policy Director at CarbonPlan and a lecturer at Stanford Law School. David G. Victor is Professor of International Relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He co-heads the initiative on energy and climate at the Brookings Institution.

Reviews for Making Climate Policy Work

Cullenward and Victor provide a refreshingly honest and pragmatic perspective on this complex field. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in climate policy and carbon pricing. David Wright, University of Calgary This is a must-read for policymakers, especially the climate intelligentsia who believe that market-based policies are a panacea for the existential threat of climate change. Cullenward and Victor shatter that myth and chart a better course based on proven models that achieve real and tangible results, not magical groupthink. Kevin De Leon, California Senate President Emeritus, Policymaker-in-Residence at UCLA, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at USC


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