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The impact of energy resources on climate policy: Case studies of Hawaii and Victoria

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posted on 29.03.2022, 03:06 by Elizabeth Edmonds
This research considers the key drivers and inhibitors to climate policy development with a particular focus on the role of a jurisdiction’s underlying energy resource. The states of Hawaii in the United States and Victoria in Australia are chosen as case studies given their differing energy resources: Hawaii has no native fossil fuels resources but abundant renewable energy options while Victoria has an economy traditionally reliant on cheap, plentiful brown coal. The Advocacy Coalition Framework is applied as the analytical tool to understand why the two states, despite the different incentives provided by their energy resources, developed similar climate policies in the earlier period of policy response to global warming. Analysis finds that the stable parameter of natural resources is counter-balanced by other fundamentals and policy drivers including enhanced path dependency and public opinion. The state-level analysis indicates subnational governments may offer a different context for climate policy development and supports the other limited academic work that promotes the role of states within federal political structures taking a lead on responding to climate change.

History

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Chapter 1: Climate Policy Drivers and the ACF -- Chapter 2: Hawaii -- Chapter 3: Victoria -- Chapter 4: Comparative Conclusions – It’s all about the State

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 101-120

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award

2017

Principal Supervisor

Lloyd Cox

Rights

Copyright Elizabeth Edmonds 2017 Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (120 pages) illustrations

Former Identifiers

mq:70763 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1267500