Climate Change Law and Policy: EU and US Perspectives

Hardcover | September 26, 2010

byCinnamon P. Carlarne

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Existing climate change governance regimes in the US and the EU contain complex mixtures of regulatory, market, voluntary, and research-based strategies. The EU has adopted an approach to climate change that is based on mandatory greenhouse gas emission reductions; it is grounded in 'hard' lawmeasures and accompanied by 'soft' law measures at the regional and Member State level. In contrast, until recently, the US federal government has carefully avoided mandatory emission reduction obligations and focused instead on employing a variety of 'soft' measures to encourage - rather thanmandate - greenhouse gas emission reductions in an economically sound, market-driven manner. These macro level differences are critical yet they mask equally important transatlantic policy convergences. The US and the EU are pivotal players in the development of the international climate change regime. How these two entities structure climate change laws and policies profoundly influences the shape and success of climate change laws and policies at multiple levels of governance. This book suggeststhat the overall structures and processes of climate change law and policy-making in the US and the EU are intricately linked to international policy-making and, thus, the long-term success of global efforts to address climate change. Accordingly, the book analyses the content and process of climatechange law and policy-making in the US and the EU to reveal policy convergences and divergences, and to examine how these convergences and divergences impact the ability of the global community to structure a sustainable, effective and equitable long-term climate strategy.

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Existing climate change governance regimes in the US and the EU contain complex mixtures of regulatory, market, voluntary, and research-based strategies. The EU has adopted an approach to climate change that is based on mandatory greenhouse gas emission reductions; it is grounded in 'hard' lawmeasures and accompanied by 'soft' law meas...

Cinnamon Pinon Carlarne is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and School of the Environment. She is an environmental lawyer interested in evolving systems of domestic and international environmental law and governance. Dr Carlarne earned her JD at the University of California, Berkeley before read...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199553416

ISBN - 13:9780199553419

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Part I: The Politics of International Climate Change1. The Role of the United States and the European Union in International Climate Change PoliticsPart II: Climate Change Law and Policy in the USA2. Climate Change Laws and Policies in the United States3. Sub-Federal Climate Change Law and Policy-making in the United States4. Alternative Forms of Climate Change Law and Policy-making in the United StatesPart III: Climate Change Law and Policy in the European Union5. Climate Change Laws and Policies in the European Union6. Member State Climate Change Laws and Policies in the European UnionPart IV: A Comparison of United States' and European Union's Climate Change Laws and Policies7. United States and European Union Climate Change Laws and Policies Compared8. Socio-Legal Factors Influencing Climate Change Law and Policy-making in the United States and European UnionPart V: The Future of International Climate Change Policies9. Conclusions and the Way Forward