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A Good Life on a Finite EarthThe Political Economy of Green Growth$
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Daniel J. Fiorino

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190605803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190605803.001.0001

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Prospects and Politics in the United States

Prospects and Politics in the United States

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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel J. Fiorino

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the capacities for a green growth transition in the United States. Although a leader in the early days of modern environmentalism, evaluations of US ecological policy and performance have been less favorable more recently. Whether or not this will change and the United States will embrace green growth depends on structural and political factors. The first describes relatively fixed institutional characteristics such as federalism, electoral rules, and economic composition. The second, political factors, are less fixed in the near term: the balance of political power, public opinion, and interest group activity. This analysis of capacities for green growth is used to propose a political strategy for change in the concluding chapter.

Keywords:   policy capacities, political stream, problem stream, ecological performance, neo-liberalism, green economic transition

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