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Climate Change Law and Policy: EU and US Perspectives


ISBN13: 9780199553419
Published: September 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £82.00



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Existing climate change governance regimes in the US and the EU contain complex mixtures of regulatory, market, voluntary, and research-based strategies.

The EU has adopted an approach to climate change that is based on mandatory greenhouse gas emission reductions; it is grounded in 'hard' law measures and accompanied by 'soft' law measures at the regional and Member State level.

In contrast, until recently, the US federal government has carefully avoided mandatory emission reduction obligations and focused instead on employing a variety of 'soft' measures to encourage - rather than mandate - greenhouse gas emission reductions in an economically sound, market-driven manner. These macro level differences are critical yet they mask equally important transatlantic policy convergences.

The US and the EU are pivotal players in the development of the international climate change regime. How these two entities structure climate change laws and policies profoundly influences the shape and success of climate change laws and policies at multiple levels of governance. This book suggests that the overall structures and processes of climate change law and policy-making in the US and the EU are intricately linked to international policy-making and, thus, the long-term success of global efforts to address climate change.

Accordingly, the book analyses the content and process of climate change law and policy-making in the US and the EU to reveal policy convergences and divergences, and to examine how these convergences and divergences impact the ability of the global community to structure a sustainable, effective and equitable long-term climate strategy.

Subjects:
Environmental Law
Contents:
Part I: The Politics of International Climate Change
1: The Role of the United States and the European Union in International Climate Change Politics
Part II: Climate Change Law and Policy in the USA
2: Climate Change Laws and Policies in the United States
3: Sub-Federal Climate Change Law & Policy-making in the United States
4: Alternative Forms of Climate Change Law & Policy-making in the United States
Part III: Climate Change Law and Policy in the European Union
5: Climate Change Laws and Policies in the European Union
6: Member State Climate Change Laws & Policies in the European Union
Part IV: A Comparison of United States' and European Union's Climate Change Laws and Policies
7: United States and European Union Climate Change Laws and Policies Compared
8: Socio-Legal Factors Influencing Climate Change Law and Policy-making in the United States and European Union
Part V: The Future of International Climate Change Policies
9: Conclusions & the Way Forward;