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Fighting the future: the politics of climate policy failure in Australia (2015–2020)

Crowley, K ORCID: 0000-0001-6190-2233 2021 , 'Fighting the future: the politics of climate policy failure in Australia (2015–2020)' , Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1002/wcc.725.

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Abstract

This Focus review provides an overview of climate politics and policy underthe Turnbull (2015–2018) and Morrison (2018) conservative Coalition governmentsfollowing the dismantling of carbon pricing in 2014. Without effectivepolicies to reduce emissions in place, Australia will fail to meet its 2030 Parisemissions reduction target. Climate policy failure is framed in these terms. Thepaper outlines Australia's climate policy challenge and the macroconstraintsupon action, before detailing commentary and analysis of climate politics andpolicies post 2015. In reviewing accounts of the Turnbull and Morrison government'sclimate policy efforts, the paper draws attention to the handbrake ofconservative politics upon decisive action. It finds that Australia's climate policyis not only structurally constrained by its reliance upon fossil fuels, but hasbeen politically constrained by conservatives within the Coalition governmentsince 2015.This article is categorized under:Policy and Governance > National Climate Change Policy

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crowley, K
Keywords: climate policy failure Australia, national energy guarantee, Turnbull climate policy, Morrison climate policy, climate policy analysis, conservative climate policy
Journal or Publication Title: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISSN: 1757-7780
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/wcc.725
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