Climate Policy and the Politics of Solutions

These courses focus on the legal, political, cultural, and ethical dimensions of the climate policy–making process. They provide an overview of basic concepts of environmental law, politics, and policy making used to analyze U.S. and international climate law and policy. Using a range of cases drawn from the United States and the global south, students evaluate climate change responses that include incentive-based regulatory approaches (cap-and-trade and cap-and-dividend systems with offsets and carbon taxes), command and control approaches, direct promotion of clean technology through regulation and subsidy, and voluntary agreements. Students examine critical issues of monitoring and enforcement, climate equity, and climate federalism, as well as the relationships among local, national, and international organizations. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative policy analysis
  • Overview of international regime theory
  • Familiarity with key concepts and concrete policy instruments related to climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Integration of policy analysis with an understanding of technical and scientific solutions to climate change