ENV 763b (Online) / 2020-2021

Political Economy of Climate Change

Credits: 3
Teaching Mode: Online

Spring 2021: Tu, 3:00-5:50, Online

This graduate seminar engages with the comparative and global political economy of climate change. It thus focuses on the political battle between those who stand to win and those who stand to lose as a result of climate change, in particular players in the global energy system. The course rests on concepts and theories from international political economy and comparative political economy, both sub-disciplines within political science. Yet, it also draws heavily on literature from international relations, policy sciences, political geography and economics. This reading seminar introduces students to both a range of social science theories and to the specific problem structures of climate politics and policy. The readings reflect this in that they include theoretical works and case studies. Analytical themes covered include (1) political strategies toward climate change and the politics of policy instruments, (2) actors, their interests and strategies, (3) institutions and collective action, and (4) markets and technological change. Case studies relate to national energy strategies, carbon pricing, policy-induced innovation in environmental technologies, green industrial policy and global trade, distributed generation and grid politics, to name a few key themes.
Limited to 15