DPI 345M. Green Politics and Public Policy in a Global Age

Environmental issues have become increasingly significant in democratic politics and are now a salient issue of global politics, with climate change occupying central stage today. This course focuses on the ways that different democratic polities are tackling green, global concerns, and climate action in particular. What is the role of political systems? What roles can markets and regulation play? At what scale (local, national, federal, or supranational) are green policies most effectively executed? What has been the role of international negotiations regarding environmental and climate action, particularly since the recent Paris agreement? This course will identify the political challenges and dilemmas posed by environmental policies in democracies, discuss the best policy tools in national, sub-national, and international contexts, and focus on the transnational venues of environmental activism and green policies that have developed recently around the world. Specific case studies will be developed in comparative perspective (such as renewable energy, green cities of the world) with regional insights (European Union, Americas, Asia, Africa…) and guest practitioners’ perspectives.


Muriel Rouyer







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