Is democratisation bad for global warming?
Burnell, Peter J. (2009) Is democratisation bad for global warming? Working Paper. University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Coventry.
WRAP_Burnell_7270220-180609-isdemocratisationbadglobalwarmingmaintext2.pdf - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Official URL: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/research/wo...
Summary: even if democracy and all good things go together the same may not be as true of democratisation. Given the growing number of countries that have attempted democratisation, with varying success, and as the challenge of addressing the causes of climate change becomes increasingly more urgent, it is worth knowing if democratisation makes that challenge more difficult. Similarly it is worth knowing if the political conditions for an effective response to climate instability and its economic and social consequences must impact on the outlook for democratisation. Although contrary to what was once believed, developing countries may not have the dilemma of having to choose between developing the economy and building democracy, the further addition of a requirement to significantly reduce carbon emissions might be just too demanding. The paper offers a framework of analysis as a preliminary to more detailed empirical investigation. It concludes with policy implications for international actors committed to promoting democracy, considering that in developing countries stable authoritarian rule might be better placed than regimes in political transition to mitigate climate change as well as adapt to its effects.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Democracy and science, Political science, Global warming, Climatic changes -- Government policy, International relations|
|Series Name:||CSGR Working Paper|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||36|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|References:||Ambrosio, T. (2009) Authoritarian Backlash (Farnham: Ashgate). Bättig, M. and Bernauer, T. (2009 forthcoming) ‘National institutions and global public goods: are democracies more cooperative in climate change policy?’, International Organization, 63/2, abstract available online http://papers.ssrn.com Beckman, L. (2008) ‘Do global climate change and the interest of future generations have implications for democracy?’, Environmental Politics, 17/4: 610-24. Bertelsmann Stiftung (2008) Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2008, online at http://www.bertelsmann-transformation-index.de Bhagwati, J. (1995) ‘The new thinking on development’, Journal of Democracy, 6/4: 50-64. Bhagwati, J. (2002) ‘Democracy and development: cruel dilemma or symbiotic relationship’, Review of Development Economics, 6/2: 151-62. Brownlee, J. (2002) ‘…And yet they persist: explaining survival and transition in neopatrimonial regimes’, Studies in Comparative International Development, 37/3: 35-63. Brownlee, J. (2007) Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Burnell, P. (2006) ‘Autocratic opening to legitimacy: why legitimacy matters?’, Third World Quarterly, 27/4: 545-62. China State Council (2008) China’s Policies and Actions Addressing Climate Change (White Paper), available at http://www.china.org.cn/government/news/2008-10/29/content_16681689.htm Gandhi, J. and Przeworski, A. (2007) ‘Authoritarian institutions and the survival of autocrats’, Comparative Political Studies, 40/11 (2007), pp. 1279-1301. Geddes, B. (1999) ‘What do we know about democratization after twenty years?’, Annual Review of Political Science, 2: 115-44. Gleditsch, K. and Ward, M. (2000) ‘War and peace in space and time: the role of democratization’, International Studies Quarterly, 44: 1-29. Gleditsch, N. and Sverdrup, B. (2002) ‘Democracy and the environment’, in E. Page and M. Redclift (eds) Human Security and the Environment (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar). Gurr, T. (1985) ‘On the political consequences of scarcity and economic decline’, International Studies Quarterly, 29: 51-75. Harris, P. G. (2008) ‘Bringing the in-between back in: foreign policy in global environmental politics’, Politics and Policy, 36:6, 914-43. Harris, P. G. and C. Udagawa (2004), ‘Defusing the bombshell? Agenda 21 and economic development in China’, Review of International Political Economy, 11/3: 618-49. Hadenius, A. and Teorell, J. (2007) ‘Pathways from authoritarianism’, Journal of Democracy, 18/1: 143-56. Hegre, H., Ellingsen, T., Gates, S. and Gleditsch, N. (2001) ‘Toward a democratic civil peace? Democracy, political change and civil war, 1816-1992’, American Political Science Review, 95/1: 33-48. Holden, B. (2002) Democracy and Global Warming (London and New York: Continuum). Kagan, R. (2008) The Return of History and the End of Dreams (New York: Knopf; London: Atlantic Books). Lafferty, W. and Meadowcroft, J. (eds)(1996) Democracy and the Environment (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar). Levitsky, S. and Way, L. (2007) ‘Linkage and leverage: how do international factors change domestic balances of power?’, in A. Schedler (ed.) Electoral Authoritarianism (Boulder, CO and London: Lynne Rienner), 199-216. Mansfield, E and Snyder, J. (2005) Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). Merkel, W. (2004) ‘Embedded and defective democracies’, Democratization, 11/5. 33-58. Merkel, W. (2008)’Democracy through war?’, Democratization, 15/3: 487-508. Midlarsky, M. (1998) ‘Democracy and the environment: an empirical assessment’, Journal of Peace Research, 35/3: 341-61. Mousseau, D. (2001) Democratizing with ethnic divisions: a source of conflict?’, Journal of Peace Research, 38/5: 547-67. Neumayer, E. (2002) ‘Do democracies exhibit stronger international environmental commitment? A cross-country analysis’, Journal of Peace Research, 38/2, 139-64. Newell, P. (2008) ‘Civil society, corporate accountability and the politics of climate change’, Global Environmental Politics, 8/3: 122-53. Payne, R. (1995) ‘Freedom and the environment’, Journal of Democracy, 6/3: 41-44. Poloni-Staudinger, L. (2008) ‘Are consensus democracies more environmentally effective?’, Environmental Politics, 17/3: 410-430. Quan Li and Reuveny, R. (2006) ‘Democracy and environmental degradation’, International Studies Quarterly, 50/4: 935-56. Smith, J. and Lennon, A. (2008) ‘Setting the negotiating table: the race to replace Kyoto by 2012’, in K.Campbell, (ed.), Climatic Cataclysm. The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press), 191-223). Snyder, J. (2000) From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (New York: Norton). The German Marshall Fund of the United States (various years), Transatlantic Trends, online http://www.transatlantictrends.org Walker, P. (1999) ‘Democracy and environment: congruencies and contradictions in southern Africa’, Political Geography, 18/3: 257-84, online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science. Ward, H. (2008) ‘Liberal democracy and sustainability’, Environmental Politics, 17/3: 386-409. Ward, M. and Gledistsch, K. (1998) ‘Democratizing for peace’, American Political Science Review, 92: 51-61. Williams, G., Duncan, A., Landell-Mills, P. and Unsworth, S. (2009) ‘Politics and growth’, Development Policy Review, 27/1: 5-31. World Bank (2008) World Development Report 2008, available online at http://worldbank.org Yom, S. and M. Al-Momani (2008) ‘The international dimensions of authoritarian regime stability: Jordan in the post-cold war era’, Arab Studies Quarterly, 30/1, 39-60.|
Actions (login required)