Future U.S. Climate Policy: International Re-engagement?

What is the outlook for engaging the United States in international cooperation to mitigate climate change? The question is crucial, since any global effort to curb global warming will be unsatisfactory without U.S. participation. It is also a pressing question for Kyoto party countries, currently at a loss regarding how to reengage the U.S. in renewed global cooperation.

We discuss the constellations of domestic pressure factors that influence policy outcome in favor or against reengagement. We start with a description of conceptual policy alternatives to the Kyoto Protocol that are important in U.S. policy discourse. We then go on to discuss recent trends in U.S. climate policy, and assess the degree to which they encourage reengagement. Finally, we describe some international factors that work for or against U.S. reengagement in the climate regime.

We conclude that the possibility of reengaging the United States in a climate regime after 2012 continues to be small, since the constellations of domestic actors that constitute the political majority seem rather stable. Furthermore, as long as the domestic strategy for handling the climate change problem remains undecided, international reengagement is difficult.


Bang, Guri, Andreas Tjernshaugen and Steinar Andresen, 2005. Future U.S. Climate Policy: International Re-engagement?. International Studies Perspectives, 6: pp. 285-303.

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  • Language: Engelsk
  • Category: Tidsskriftartikler
  • Title: Future U.S. Climate Policy: International Re-engagement?
  • Journal: International Studies Perspectives
  • Volume: 6
  • Pages (from-to): 285-303


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