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Short circuiting policy : interest groups and the battle over clean energy and climate policy in the American states

Author: Leah Cardamore Stokes
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020] ©2020
Series: Oxford studies in postwar American political development.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Short Circuiting Policy examines clean energy policies to understand why US states are not on track to meet the climate crisis. After two decades of leadership, American states are slipping in their commitment to transitioning away from dirty fossil fuels towards cleaner energy sources, including wind and solar. I argue that organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stokes, Leah Cardamore.
Short circuiting policy.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
(DLC) 2019047241
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leah Cardamore Stokes
ISBN: 9780190074272 0190074272 9780190074296 0190074299 0190074280 9780190074289
OCLC Number: 1128891100
Awards: Winner of Winner, 2021 Alan Rosenthal Prize, Legislative Studies Section, American Political Science Association Winner, 2021 Virginia Gray Book Award, State Politics and Policy Section, American Political Science Association.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 318 pages) : illustrations
Contents: When new policies fail to create a new politics --
An institutional history of electricity politics and climate inaction --
Policy feedback takes hold : networked advocates use the public to drive clean energy leadership in Texas --
A direct line to legislators and regulators : fossil fuel corporations undermine Texas's renewable energy law --
Retrenchment by a thousand cuts : fossil fuel opponents drive polarization on clean energy in Kansas --
Regulatory capture : electric utilities retrench Arizona's net metering laws --
When the fog of enactment lifts : late action brings rapid retrenchment of Ohio's renewable energy laws.
Series Title: Oxford studies in postwar American political development.
Responsibility: Leah Cardamore Stokes.

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"Short Circuiting Policy examines clean energy policies to understand why US states are not on track to meet the climate crisis. After two decades of leadership, American states are slipping in their commitment to transitioning away from dirty fossil fuels towards cleaner energy sources, including wind and solar. I argue that organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why US states have stopped expanding and even started weakening their renewable energy policies. Fossil fuel companies and electric utilities played a key role in spreading climate denial. Now, they have turned to climate delay, working to block clean energy policies from passing or being implemented, and driving retrenchment. Clean energy advocates typically lack sufficient power to overcome electric utilities' opposition to climate policy. Short Circuiting Policy builds on policy feedback theory, showing the conditions under which retrenchment is more likely. Depending on their relative political influence, interest groups will work to drive retrenchment either directly by working with legislators, their staff and regulators; or, indirectly through the parties, the public and the courts. I also argue that policies likely effects are not easy to predict-an effect I term "the fog of enactment." But overtime, federated interest groups can learn to anticipate policies' consequences through networks that cross states-lines. Examining US energy policy over the past century, and Texas, Kansas, Arizona and Ohio's clean energy laws over the past two decades, I show how opponents have thwarted progress on climate policy"--

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Stokes has written a highly readable and compelling book that will be of interest to environmental policy scholars and the general public alike * Saleem H. Ali, Science Mag * This is a book of the Read more...

 
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