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Environmental issues have become increasingly significant in democratic politics and are now a salient issue of global politics, both at the inter-state and transnational levels, with climate change occupying central stage today. This course focuses on the ways that different democratic polities are adapting to green, global concerns. What is the role of political systems? What is the state of international negotiations about so-called green policies (and climate governance in particular)? What roles can markets and institutions play? At what scale (local, national, federal, or supranational) are green policies most effectively executed? 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 or nuclear energy, green cities of the world) with regional insights (European Union, Americas, Asia, Africa…) and guest practitioners’ perspectives.