1st Edition

Neoliberalism and Climate Policy in the United States
From market fetishism to the developmental state

ISBN 9780367878764
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores how Washington’s efforts to act on climate change have been translated under conditions of American neoliberalism, where the state struggles to find a stable and legitimate role in the economy, and where environmental and industrial policy are enormously contentious topics.

This original work conceptualizes US climate policy first and foremost as a question of innovation policy, with capital accumulation and market domination as its main drivers. It argues that US climate policy must be understood in the context of Washington’s broader efforts over the past four decades to dominate and monopolize novel high-tech markets, and its use of immense amounts of state power to achieve this end. From this perspective, many elements of US climate politics that seem confusing or contradictory actually appear to have an obvious and consistent logic.

This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of IPE, as well as individuals generally interested in gaining a stronger understanding of US climate politics and policy, and the role and influence of neoliberalism on contemporary economic governance.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1 US climate policy, neoliberalism & the developmental state

2 Conceptualizing neoliberal climate policy in the US


Part II The developmental state vs. the deregulatory state

3 The American developmental state: from confederation to


4 Neoliberalism and environmental regulation


Part III The nature and function of US climate policy

5 Pull policies: Alternative routes to climate regulation

6 Push policies: The developmental state and clean energy


Part IV Assessing neoliberal climate policy in the US

7 The functionality and sustainability of current US

climate policy

8 The future of neoliberal climate policy in the US

9 Concluding reflections


Afterword: President Trump’s Climate Policy

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Robert MacNeil is Lecturer in Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.