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Cinnamon P. Carlarne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553419.001.0001

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Socio-Legal Factors Influencing US and EU Law and Policymaking

Socio-Legal Factors Influencing US and EU Law and Policymaking

(p.309) 8 Socio-Legal Factors Influencing US and EU Law and Policymaking
Climate Change Law and Policy

Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Oxford University Press

Questions of how and why the EU and the US are responding to climate change and what socio-political factors drive these choices remain underexplored. To better understand convergences and divergences in EU and US climate change strategies, this chapter examines five categories of factors that influence climate change law and policy-making in Europe and America, including: (1) systems of governance; (2) risk perception and notions of precaution; (3) the roles of media and civil society; (4) modes of capitalism; (5) notions of equity. The objective of this analysis is not to undertake an exhaustive review of each of these topics, all of which have generated a rich body of literature. Rather, the goal of this chapter is to outline how each of these fundamental factors shapes transatlantic climate debate and highlight points requiring further enquiry.

Keywords:   Governance, Polity, Scientific uncertainty, Precautionary principle, Media, Civil society, Capitalism, Ethics

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