Climate Change Policymaking in Germany and the USA

In a comparative analysis of climate change policymaking processes in Germany and the USA, the paper explores, first, how national cost-benefit calculations and international interdependency structures are decisive for the development of the counties’ negotiation positions in the international climate change negotiations. This gives a rather rough picture of the environmental-economic interests of the countries. Secondly, therefore, the paper explores how a focus on domestic politics can provide a supplemental, more detailed account of the climate change policymaking process. Institutional structures and the political system of the countries influence the scope of possibility for national climate change policy outcome, as the complicated decision-making process involves competing interests of political, economic and social stakeholder groups. The distribution of power and influence between domestic actors can limit the government’s ability to implement the climate change policy it prefers.


Bang, Guri, 2002. Climate Change Policymaking in Germany and the USA. International Studies Association, 26.03.2002, New Orleans, USA.

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  • Language: Engelsk
  • Category: Konferanseforedrag/postere
  • Presentation title: Climate Change Policymaking in Germany and the USA
  • Conference title/date: International Studies Association, 26.03.2002
  • Venue: New Orleans, USA

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