Cabot Institute seminar series: Energy and climate change policy: politics at multiple scales
Energy and climate change policy and regulation cannot be based on science alone. Both policy areas address problems that are defined by complex interactions between people and the environment that are mediated by inherently political social processes. They also deal with future uncertainties. In turn, their solutions incorporated into policy instruments contain within themselves highly political choices made by both scientists and policy-makers. This seminar series brings together research that illuminates both the politics of the process through which those choices have been taken and the effects of those policies.
Professor David Gordon
Discussants: Prof. Catherine Mitchell (Exeter) and Zoe Godolphin (Bristol)
Discussants: Prof. Patricia Kennett (Bristol) and Karen Bell (Bristol)
In this seminar, Ian Bailey examined political obstacles to climate policy in four major industrialising countries – China, India, Russia and Brazil. Drawing on findings from his forthcoming book, Feeling the Heat: the politics of climate policy in industrialising countries (co-edited with Hugh Compston), policy-network analysis is used to consider a range of political strategies that governments in industrialising countries might use to reduce the political risks of introducing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The seminar concludes by examining how OECD countries might assist industrialising countries in countering political obstacles to climate policy.
Professor Robert Faulkner
Dr Elizabeth Fortin
Discussants: Janine Sargoni (Bristol) & Graham Smith (Southampton)