A critique of climate change mitigation policy

Somerville, Peter (2020) A critique of climate change mitigation policy. Policy & Politics, 48 (2). pp. 355-378. ISSN 0305-5736

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557319X15661682426163

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Global institutions and national governments have failed to provide effective policy guidance or leadership on tackling climate change. The extraction and combustion of fossil fuels continues apace, resulting in continual rising of greenhouse gas emissions, which pose a threat to all life on earth. However, the global climate regime continues to underestimate the need for immediate, radical and powerful action. Dominant framings of the problem continue to emphasise behaviour change rather than system change, and fail to challenge the power of fossil fuel capital. This failure makes it difficult to be optimistic about the future but there may be hope in a new kind of politics based on non-violent direct action and mass civil disobedience. This form of action is directed at delegitimizing fossil fuels and stopping their extraction, and acting as a ‘radical flank’ in positively influencing political decision-making towards a democratically agreed just transition.

Keywords:Climate change, climate policy, environmental policy, environmental justice, civil disobedience, direct action, system change
Subjects:L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:11 Sep 2019 10:29

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