The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy

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Steve Rayner, Mark Caine
Routledge, Sep 19, 2014 - Business & Economics - 332 pages

The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy presents a powerful critique of mainstream climate change policies and details a set of pragmatic alternatives based on the Hartwell Group’s collective writings from 1988-2010. Drawing on a rich history of heterodox but increasingly accepted views on climate change policy, this book brings together in a single volume a series of key, related texts that define the ‘Hartwell critique’ of conventional climate change policies and the ‘Hartwell approach’ to building more inclusive, pragmatic alternatives.

This book tells of the story of how and why conventional climate policy has failed and, drawing from lessons learned, how it can be renovated. It does so by weaving together three strands of analysis. First, it highlights why the mainstream approach, as embodied by the Kyoto Protocol, has failed to produce real world reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and delayed real meaningful progress on climate change. Second, it explores the underlying political, economic, and technological factors which form the boundary conditions for climate change policy but which are often ignored by policy makers and advocates. Finally, it lays out a novel approach to climate change guided centrally by the goal of uplifting human dignity worldwide—and the recognition that this can only succeed if pursued pragmatically, economically, and with democratic legitimacy.

With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this work presents a original critique of climate policy and a constructive primer for how to improve it.


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SECTION 1 The road not taken
SECTION 2 An emerging critique
an epistemological break
SECTION 4 From climate crisis to energy challenge
SECTION 5 The Hartwell Paper
SECTION 6 Beyond Hartwell

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Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society, University of Oxford, UK.

Mark Caine is Research Fellow at LSE Mackinder Programme for the Study of Long Wave Events, London School of Economics, UK.