National Climate Policies in International Comparison: The Climate Change Cooperation Index
Environmental Science and Policy 25: 196–206.
Posted: 5 Dec 2017 Last revised: 12 Dec 2017
Date Written: January 1, 2013
Valid and reliable measurement of countries’ climate policy performance is important both for policy-making and analytical purposes. The authors contribute to this end by introducing a new dataset that offers such information for up to 172 countries for the time period 1996–2008. Their Climate Change Cooperation Index (C3-I) captures overall performance as well as performance in terms of political behavior (output) and emissions (outcome). The C3-I, thus, allows for a systematic global comparison of countries’ climate policies. The paper also compares the C3-I with its most relevant alternative, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) by Germanwatch.
Keywords: Climate change, Climate policy, Climate Change Cooperation Index, Climate Change Performance Index
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