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Democracy and climate change

Author: Frederic Hanusch
Publisher: London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Series: Routledge global cooperation series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Democracy and Climate Change explores the various ways in which democratic principles can lead governments to respond differently to climate change. The election cycle can lead to short-termism, which often appears to be at odds with the long-term nature of climate change, with its latency between cause and effect. However, it is clear that some democracies deal with climate change better than others, and this book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hanusch, Frederic.
Democracy and climate change.
London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
(DLC) 2016057929
(OCoLC)975369774
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frederic Hanusch
ISBN: 9781351857734 1351857738 9781315228983 131522898X 9781351857727 135185772X
OCLC Number: 1001511076
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 287 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; List of tables; List of equations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1 Introduction; I The basis for the analyses; 2 The unknown influence of democratic qualities on climate performance; Academic relevance: no recognition of the different influences of established democracies; The importance of concepts and operationalization; Democracy and environmental performance; Democracy and climate performance; Practical relevance: a more democratic world and solutions to climate change. Focus: detecting trends, exploring mechanisms and developing a concept; 3 The concept and the operationalization of democratic efficacy; Defining democratic quality and general performance; Democratic quality; General performance; Conclusion; The democratic efficacy concept and argument; Analytical context; Empirical and argumentative background; The concept of democratic efficacy: outline, hypothesis, questions; Explanatory mixed methods research design; Mixed methods; Methods analysis I; Methods analysis II; II An empirical analysis of the democracy-climate nexus. 4 Analysis I: more leads to more --
positive statistical trends; Exploring the data of the Democracy Barometer, the Climate Change Performance Index and the control variables; A mostly positive relationship; Discussion Analysis I; 5 Analysis II: Canada's Kyoto Protocol process, 1995-2012 --
a case study perspective; Canadian circumstances; Canada's internal and external contexts; Canada's political system and its policy-making; The sources and the development of GHG emissions; Climate policy-making; Canada's climate policy development; Competencies of actors in climate policy-making processes. Common explanatory models; Climate policy before COP 1: a brief background of Canada as a first mover; 6 1995-1997: Chrétien makes use of the prerogative; Accountability: basic vertical but almost no horizontal accountability (national); Inclusiveness: incomplete and biased by enlightened officials (national); Participation: rule of the executive (national); Indirect mechanisms: no effectiveness and efficiency without inclusiveness and participation (international); Participation: briefed NGOs (international); Accountability: missing accountability leads to unpredictability (international). Participation: the long shadow of insufficient responsiveness (national-international exchange); Results: first insights into the negative influence of low democratic quality; 7 1998-2002: futile consultations; National activities in the form of a National Climate Change Process; Insufficient responsiveness: the reason why the NCCP was initiated; Governmental capability, effectiveness and efficiency: preconditions for a democratic policy process; Inclusiveness: somewhere between expert workshops and democratic involvement; Participation: discontinued.
Series Title: Routledge global cooperation series.
Responsibility: Frederic Hanusch.

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"Democracy and Climate Change explores the various ways in which democratic principles can lead governments to respond differently to climate change. The election cycle can lead to short-termism, which often appears to be at odds with the long-term nature of climate change, with its latency between cause and effect. However, it is clear that some democracies deal with climate change better than others, and this book demonstrates that overall stronger democratic qualities tend to correlate with improved climate performance. Beginning by outlining a general concept of democratic efficacy, the book provides an empirical analysis of the influence of the quality of democracy on climate change performance across dozens of countries. The specific case study of Canada's Kyoto Protocol process is then used to explain the mechanisms of democratic influence in depth. The wide-ranging research presented in the book opens up several new and exciting avenues of enquiry and will be of considerable interest to researchers with an interest in comparative politics, democracy studies and environmental policies."--Provided by publisher.

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