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The politics of climate change: National innovation, leadership and policy approaches within the EU’s framework for action

  • Date(s)
    9 October 2008
  • Time
    13:30
  • Location
    London

Policy Network, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Global Governance has held a seminar entitled The politics of climate change: National innovation, leadership and policy approaches within the EU’s framework for action.

The seminar formed part of a new Policy Network project held in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the politics of climate change.

The project was recently launched with a new paper by the Labour peer and sociologist Anthony Giddens, entitled The Politics of Climate Change: national responses to the challenge of global warming. The paper, which sets the framework for the politics of climate change work programme, argues that national political leaders lack a developed analysis of the political changes which will have to be made if their aspirations to limit climate change are to be met - especially at a national level where much of the action must occur.

Led by the paper's author and Policy Network's vice chair Roger Liddle, the project will examine how best to develop an effective climate change policy framework through a comparative political analysis of key western democracies.

The seminar brought together a select group of senior policymakers, leading academics, business stakeholders and third sector experts to discuss the role of the EU in tackling the climate change challenge and its effects on national action in Sweden and Germany.

The first session entitled targets and markets-the role of the EU saw an introduction by Peter Zapfel, DG Environment, European Commission, which was followed by a response from Måns Lönnroth, the former managing director of Mistra, the Swedish foundation for strategic environmental research. The session was chaired by Roger Liddle, vice chair of Policy Network.

In the second session Lena Sommestad, the former Swedish environment minister lead a discussion on Sweden and Germany—innovation, leadership and policymaking within the EU’s climate change agenda. This debate was chaired by Anthony Giddens, former director of LSE.

For more information about the seminar and/or the politics of climate change project please contact Policy Network researcher Simon Latham at slatham@policy-network.net.

 

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