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Clashing strategic cultures and climate policy

Ceronsky, Megan, Hepburn, Cameron, Obersteiner, Michael and Yamagata, Yoshiki (2005) Clashing strategic cultures and climate policy. Climate Policy, 4 (4). pp. 347-357. ISSN 1469-3062

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Abstract

Kagan (2002) argues that the different responses of Europeans and Americans to major strategic and international challenges is not simply due to differences in the current administrations, but rather results from (i) a power gap and (ii) differing ideologies. This article applies Kagan's theory to climate policy, employing terrorism policy as a point of comparison. We argue that the power gap between Europe and America is unable to explain the differences in climate policy. In contrast, the ideology gap may indeed have some explanatory value. Furthermore, we argue that one additional feature is critical - the costs and benefits imposed by climate change and terrorism prevention, and the process by which such costs and benefits are evaluated, differ between America and Europe.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/?tabid=480
Additional Information: © 2005 Earthscan
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 16:36
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32965/

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