Regional Climate Regulation: From State Competition to State Collaboration
Lesley K. McAllister
University of San Diego School of Law
July 8, 2009
San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, Vol. 1, p, 81 2009
San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-017
States have often been theorized to act as competitors in crafting their environmental policies, engaging in either a “race to the bottom” or a “race to the top.” In the recent development of climate law, however, it is state collaboration and cooperation rather than state competition that have emerged most strongly. This article first discusses how the theories of competitive state behavior would have predicted states to behave in the absence of federal action and describes the contrasting extent to which states have engaged in collaborative initiatives. The article then analyzes why states have been motivated to collaborate in climate law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: climate change, regional agreements, race to the top, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Western Climate Initiative
JEL Classification: K32, K10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 9, 2009 ; Last revised: August 29, 2010
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