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The Economics and Politics of Climate Change

The Economics and Politics of Climate Change

The volume brings together leading climate change policy experts to set out the economic analysis and the nature of the negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and beyond.

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ISBN 9780199606276
Barcode 9780199606276
Published 27 September 2011 by Oxford University Press (S2)
Format Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Helm, Dieter
Edited by Hepburn, Cameron
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ISBN-13 9780199606276
ISBN-10 0199606277
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S2)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 27 September 2011
International Publication Date 15 September 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Helm, Dieter
Edited by Hepburn, Cameron
Category Embargos & Sanctions
The Environment
Global Warming
Environmental Economics
Number of Pages 566
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 834g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Environmental economics, Climatic changes - Economic aspects, Climatic changes - Government policy, Climatic changes - International cooperation
NBS Text Economics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 363.73874526
Catalogue Code 226436

Description of this Book

The international framework for a climate change agreement is up for review as the initial Kyoto period to 2012 comes to an end. Though there has been much enthusiasm from political and environmental groups, the underlying economics and politics remain highly controversial. This book takes a cool headed look at the critical roadblocks to agreement, examining the economics of climate change, the incentives of the main players (the US, EU, China) and examines the policies governments can put in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately shift our economies onto a low-carbon path. The volume brings together leading climate change policy experts to set out the economic analysis and the nature of the negotiations at Copenhagen and beyond. In addition to reviewing the main issues discussed above, a number of the articles question the basis of much of the climate change consensus, and debate the Stern Report's main findings. The book is in four parts. Following an overview of the main issues, the first part is a reassessment of the economics of climate change. This is fundamental to the rest of the volume, and it contains new material which goes well beyond what might be called the new conventional wisdom. The second part looks at the geography of the costs and benefits of climate change - the very different perspectives of Africa, China, the US and Europe. These chapters provide a building block to considering the prospects for a new global agreement - the very different interests that will have to be reconciled at Copenhagen and beyond. The third part looks at policy instruments at the global level (whereas much of the literature to date is nationally and regionally based). Trading and R&D feature in the chapters, but so too do more radical unilateral options, including geo-engineering. Part four turns to the institutional architecture - drawing on evidence from previous attempts in other areas, as well as proposals for new bodies.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Review from previous edition Successfully illustrate[s] the immense complexity of the problem...a valuable compendium Sir Crispin Tickell, Financial Times Impressive Roger Pielke Jr, Nature
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Dieter Helm holds a number of advisory board appointments, including Chairman of the Academic Panel of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and member of the Advisory Panel on Energy and Climate Security, Department for Energy and Climate Change. He was a member of the DTI Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board 2002-7 and of the Prime Minister's Council of Science and Technology 2004-7. He is an associate editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. Dieter Helm's career to date has spanned academia, public policy, and business. He founded Oxera in 1982 and has published extensively on environmental, energy, infrastructure, and regulation topics. Cameron Hepburn has advised several governments and international institutions on climate and environmental policy, and he currently serves on UK Defra's Academic Panel. He is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, a Research Fellow at New College, Oxford, and he has over a decade's experience working on environmental issues and climate change, with a particular focus on emissions trading and carbon markets. He holds a DPhil (PhD) in economics from Oxford, and undergraduate degrees in law and engineering from the University of Melbourne.

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