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Irresistible force? Achieving carbon pricing in Australia


Crowley, CM, Irresistible force? Achieving carbon pricing in Australia, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59, (3) pp. 368-381. ISSN 0004-9522 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12021


Australia is one of the largest coal exporting nations in the world and its economy is underpinned by the availability of cheap fossil fuels. It is well documented that it has failed to act on climate change, and that the conservative Howard government was particularly hostile to international action. It is also well documented that 2007 was an agenda-setting period when climate change was elevated to national prominence. This paper details and interrogates the ultimately successful Labor national governments' efforts to establish an Australian carbon pricing mechanism. It considers whether irresistible normative forces for climate policy change overcame the previously immovable object of economic and political self-interest, and the power of the carbon lobby. In explaining complex climate policy dynamics, temporal scales and politics, it finds great utility in John Kingdon's pragmatic "policy window" as an explanation for Australia's climate policy change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
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, CM (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:88198
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-01-17
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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