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Fighting the future: the politics of climate policy failure in Australia (20152020)


Crowley, K, Fighting the future: the politics of climate policy failure in Australia (2015-2020), Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 12, (5) Article e725. ISSN 1757-7780 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/wcc.725


This Focus review provides an overview of climate politics and policy under the Turnbull (20152018) and Morrison (2018) conservative Coalition governments following the dismantling of carbon pricing in 2014. Without effective policies to reduce emissions in place, Australia will fail to meet its 2030 Paris emissions reduction target. Climate policy failure is framed in these terms. The paper outlines Australia's climate policy challenge and the macroconstraints upon action, before detailing commentary and analysis of climate politics and policies post 2015. In reviewing accounts of the Turnbull and Morrison government's climate policy efforts, the paper draws attention to the handbrake of conservative politics upon decisive action. It finds that Australia's climate policy is not only structurally constrained by its reliance upon fossil fuels, but has been politically constrained by conservatives within the Coalition government since 2015.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate policy failure Australia, national energy guarantee, Turnbull climate policy, Morrison climate policy, climate policy analysis, conservative climate policy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment policy
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Crowley, K (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:145527
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-07-26
Last Modified:2021-10-20

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