Faced with the threat of climate change, some countries have managed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, while in others emissions keep growing. Why do we find national variation?
Previous research has suggested that different types of polities can have an effect on environmental policy. It has been argued that especially corporatism might lead to progressive environmental policy. However, it is not clear that this is the case because the evidence remains mixed.
This research project analyzes climate change policy in two corporatist and two pluralist countries and sheds light on the mechanisms that produce policy change. It argues that informal aspects of institutions, which are analyzed by focusing on policy networks, are the key to unlocking the mystery of previous mixed evidence.
The research explains policy change or lack thereof in climate issues by the different kinds of power relations that corporatist and pluralist polities give rise to.