A Short Guide To A Secure Future

by Stephen Stretton

INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY

Part Four Investigates the Politics of International Climate Policy.
Summary Of Key Ideas (pdf)

Climate Policy Given Political Constraints

An introduction to climate change policy with a focus on political constraints.
Climate Policy Given Political Constraints (Presentation; ppt)

Political Thought on Cooperation in the Context of Climate Change (Notes)

I outline the problem of the 'tragedy of the commons' and ways to tackle this problem from the history of political thought, with reference to global climate change.
Chapter 11 - Political Thought on Cooperation in the Context of Climate Change (Notes; pdf)

The Benefits of a Global Deal - Literature Review

This document outlines some of the benefits of global cooperation regarding climate change. Policies are analysed on three criteria: Environmental Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness (efficiency) and Institutional & Political Feasibility. Important aspects to be considered include the incentives for agents to participate and agree to stringent action, distributional considerations, and legal mechanisms for verification and enforcement.
Chapter 12 - The Benefits of a Global Deal - Literature Review (notes; pdf)

The Structure Of Climate Change Agreements

The incentives of nation states to participate in international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on the structure of the proposed agreements. Emissions trading may make the collective action problem of climate change worse because it produces a perverse incentive to commit to less in the original negotiations, due to the value of emissions permits to nation states.
Chapter 13 - The Structure Of Climate Change Agreements

An Energy Refund for a 'Climate Club'

I discuss a practical proposal for refunded, coordinated carbon taxes.
Chapter 14 - An Energy Refund for a 'Climate Club'

Climate Policy - A New Agenda

New climate change policy structures are proposed that, it is suggested, would be politically feasible and more effective than the structures agreed at Kyoto & Copenhagen.
Chapter 15- Climate Policy - A New Agenda