IGA-408M: Learning from the Failure of Climate Policy

Semester: Spr Mod4

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: David Keith


Day Time Location
First Day 3/25
Meet Day T/Th 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM L332


In the half-century since scientific knowledge of the carbon-climate problem emerged, we have made huge progress on managing environmental challenges from air and water pollution to DDT and stratospheric ozone depletion; yet, during that same period restrains on carbon emissions have been negligible. This course argues that the failure of climate policy is structural, so that a successful policy will entail reengineering the climate policy architecture. We will look back to emergence of climate with other environmental concerns in the 1960’s, and then critically examine assumptions that drove climate policy over recent decades comparing them with assumptions that drive other environmental policy regimes. The course will not defend a unified new approach to climate policy. Rather, it will encourage students to understand and critique new architectures and to develop their own.