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Differences in climate change policy in Germany and the U.S. from a political science perspective

  • International and national climate change policies may either mutually support or block each other. The international political debate can on the one hand be a driving force, mainly because of its "agenda-setting" power for the national political debate, but on the other hand the outcome of international climate change policy depends on the capability of national governments to formulate adequate political goals and programs, and to have the power for their realisation and implementation in the national political process. The following analysis will focus on the differences in climate change policy in Gerrnany and the United States. From a po1itical science perspective, it has to deal with the determinants and restrictions of theInternational and national climate change policies may either mutually support or block each other. The international political debate can on the one hand be a driving force, mainly because of its "agenda-setting" power for the national political debate, but on the other hand the outcome of international climate change policy depends on the capability of national governments to formulate adequate political goals and programs, and to have the power for their realisation and implementation in the national political process. The following analysis will focus on the differences in climate change policy in Gerrnany and the United States. From a po1itical science perspective, it has to deal with the determinants and restrictions of the policy-making processes and their impact on policy formulation and implementation in both countries. Two kinds of determinants will be considered: structural "internal" determinants deriving from the specific setting and mode of operation of the political-administrative systems, and external determinants, such as public opinion, the role of the media. interest groups, and cultural values, which favour or restrict the process of a pro-active climate change policy.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Edda Müller
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-7088
Year of Publication:1998
Language:English
Source Title (English):Energy & Environment
Volume:9
Issue:4
First Page:463
Last Page:477
Release Date:2011/11/04
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Politik
Abteilung:Abteilung Klimapolitik
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt