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Turning Down the Heat

The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies

Turning Down the Heat by Hugh Compston
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It is now generally agreed that climate change is occurring and that greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut very significantly if it is to be brought under control, yet governments in affluent democracies are not implementing policies that have the capacity to do this. As economists have identified numerous economically viable ways of radically cutting emissions, it is clear that the obstacles to decisive action are political in nature. This book tackles the issue of how these might be overcome by providing a broad-ranging and authoritative overview of the contemporary politics of climate policy in affluent democracies in order to identify political strategies that would make it easier for governments to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions without sustaining significant political damage. As such it is essential reading for anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of how climate change can be stopped.
Palgrave Macmillan; November 2008
319 pages; ISBN 9780230594678
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Title: Turning Down the Heat
Author: Hugh Compston; Ian Bailey