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Is Australia faking it? The Kyoto protocol and the greenhouse policy challenge


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Crowley, K 2007 , 'Is Australia faking it? The Kyoto protocol and the greenhouse policy challenge' , Global Environmental Politics, vol. 7, no. 4 , pp. 118-139 , doi: 10.1162/glep.2007.7.4.118.

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Whilst Australia has signed both the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change, and the Kyoto Protocol, it has failed to ratify the latter. It is nevertheless committed to meeting its +8% Kyoto target for greenhouse gas emissions, and argues that it is on track to doing so. This paper examines Australia's non-ratification politics and greenhouse policy
efforts in an attempt to explain its contrary position of resisting Kyoto, yet embracing and pursuing its emission reduction targets. Australia's behaviour as a carbon intensive nation is highly significant in the global context, and this paper focuses on the domestic factors of interests, ideas and institutions, while also considering international factors in trying to
explain Australia's non-ratification of Kyoto and climate change policy development. It finds that whilst ideas and institutions have been modifying influences in the domestic context, political and economic interests have dominated Australia's greenhouse policy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crowley, K
Keywords: Australia greenhouse gas mitigation public policy climate change policy failure
Journal or Publication Title: Global Environmental Politics
ISSN: 1526-3800
DOI / ID Number: 10.1162/glep.2007.7.4.118
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