Climate change and energy issues have become increasingly significant in national and global politics. The course will focus on a number of core questions in the study of climate change politics: What roles can markets and institutions play in the transition towards a sustainable path? What kind of planning and targets are necessary for such a long-term undertaking? At what scale (local, national, federal, or supranational) are climate change and energy policies most effectively executed? And how can citizens most fruitfully engage in this process? This course will identify the political challenges and dilemmas posed by energy and climate change policies in democratic and authoritarian states and analyze policy tools in international, national, and sub-national contexts. Empirical evidence and case study materials will be drawn from Germany and emerging economies such as China, Brazil, and India. The course compares the most relevant domestic institutions in these different political and economics contexts and then turns to the specific mechanisms and policies each country has used to promote climate change mitigation and energy efficiency.
The course gives students an introduction to the main concepts and most recent empirical developments in climate and energy governance. Classes will be a mixture lectures, debates, and group discussions. Student will gain a deeper understanding of energy and climate change governance, while at the same time sharpening their debating skills.
This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.