A new framework for imagining the climate commons? The case of a Green New Deal in the US

Planning Theory

29 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2021

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Holly Caggiano

Princeton University, Andlinger Center for Energy & the Environment

Laura Landau

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Date Written: August 10, 2021

Abstract

The Green New Deal is arguably the most ambitious climate policy platform to gain legislative traction in the U.S. to date. A pioneering policy framework in its holistic consideration of climate change, social justice, and economic reform, the resolution would have vast implications for commons governance regimes if enacted. Planning theorists have long debated how to manage the global commons, and this paper adds to that conversation by assessing the Green New Deal's theoretical underpinnings. Our analysis suggests that in practice, “top-down” Hardinian and “bottom-up” post-Hardinian commons theory coexist, as market and state-based interventions act as layers in the nested enterprises necessary for the formation of a polycentric approach to climate governance. This finding presents a novel theoretical perspective for studying the commons, specifically as we consider the influence of theory on developing policy imagination.

Suggested Citation

Caggiano, Holly and Landau, Laura, A new framework for imagining the climate commons? The case of a Green New Deal in the US (August 10, 2021). Planning Theory, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3957352

Holly Caggiano (Contact Author)

Princeton University, Andlinger Center for Energy & the Environment ( email )

22 Chambers Street
Princeton, NJ 08544-0708
United States

Laura Landau

Rutgers University, New Brunswick ( email )

New Brunswick, NJ
United States

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