Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2015774
 


 



Cultivating a Green Political Landscape: Lessons for Climate Change Policy from the Defeat of California's Proposition 23


Eric Biber


University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

March 4, 2012

Vanderbilt Law Review, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Around the same time as federal climate change legislation died in the US Senate, California voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative to repeal the state’s climate change regulatory system. The opposition to Proposition 23 was so successful in part because no major business interests within the state were willing to support the Proposition; that lack of support was partially because many of those interests had already adjusted to, or benefited from, California’s long history of legislation on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The campaign over Proposition 23 suggests the long-term importance of thinking strategically about how environmental law and policy can create interest groups that will resist repealing environmental laws and support expanding them. Thus, the most important factor in selecting environmental policy options may not be whether those options are the most economically efficient or the most likely to pass today, but whether they will encourage future progress on the policy question. This conclusion stands in sharp contrast with the current emphasis in the existing climate change policy literature on efficiency and short-term politics; it is also in tension with a significant legal and policy literature that is sharply critical of compromise with powerful vested interests in environmental law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 74

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: March 4, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Biber, Eric, Cultivating a Green Political Landscape: Lessons for Climate Change Policy from the Defeat of California's Proposition 23 (March 4, 2012). Vanderbilt Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2015774

Contact Information

Eric Biber (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 638
Downloads: 93
Download Rank: 164,821

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.250 seconds