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Democracy and Climate Change Policies: Is History Important?


Per G. Fredriksson


University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics

Eric Neumayer


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

April 16, 2013

Ecological Economics, 95, 2013, pp. 11-19

Abstract:     
This paper argues that it is countries’ historical experience with democracy, the democratic capital stock, rather than current levels of democracy that determines current climate change policies. Empirical evidence using data starting as far back as year 1800 for 87 countries, which together are responsible for 93.7 per cent of global carbon emissions, suggests that the democratic capital stock has an important and robust effect on climate change policies. A history of executive constraints is particularly important. The current level of democracy does not play a role once democratic capital has been accounted for.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: Democracy, Democratic Capital, Political Economy, International Public Goods: Climate Change, Environmental Policy, Executive Constraints

JEL Classification: H23, H87, Q54, Q58

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Date posted: January 30, 2013 ; Last revised: December 4, 2013

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Fredriksson, Per G. and Neumayer, Eric, Democracy and Climate Change Policies: Is History Important? (April 16, 2013). Ecological Economics, 95, 2013, pp. 11-19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2203726 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2203726

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Per G. Fredriksson
University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
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