Informing the political economy of energy and climate transitions

Modelling tools, pathways design frameworks and analytical challenges

Authored by: Patrick Criqui , Henri Waisman

The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of the Environment

Print publication date:  October  2021
Online publication date:  October  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367410704
eBook ISBN: 9780367814533
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Measures adopted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have major impacts on human activities, with heterogeneous effects according to national circumstances and differential impacts on various sectors, activities and categories of households. Climate mitigation is therefore not a question of pure economics but of political economy, involving the resolution of conflicts of interest. A careful attention to redistributive effects is required when designing low emission development strategies and selecting policy instruments and measures.

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