In G. Bang, A. Underdal and S. Andresen (eds), The Domestic Politics of Global Climate Change. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 1-24.

We start out by presenting the purpose and scope of the book. Three reasons for focussing on these actors are given. First, domestic politics and measures constitute the building block of any international agreement. Second, the slow pace of negotiations has spurred interest in mitigation measures that can be implemented at lower levels. Third, too little is known about the effects of different measures applied by different countries to curb emissions. In the conceptual framework we start out by stating that models conceptualizing countries as unitary actors have severe limitations. First, mitigation and damage cost will be unevenly distributed. Second, other factors than material self-interests guide policies and action. Third, decision.making processes aew decided by the relative power of actors involved. Finally, political systems differ. In the conceptual framework we zoom in on the significance of politics, interests, institutions and ideas as well as fundamental parameters and principal driving forces in order to explain differences and similarities in policies.



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