Despite the inherently political nature of international negotiations on
climate change, much of the theory, debate, evidence-gathering and
implementation linking climate change and development assume a largely
apolitical and linear policy process. As the issue continues to dominate
agendas, it is timely to propose a new political economy of climate
change and development in which explicit attention is given to the way
that ideas, power and resources are conceptualised, negotiated and
implemented by different groups at different scales.
We argue that in balancing effectiveness, efficiency and equity, climate
change initiatives must explicitly recognise the political economy of
their inputs, processes and outcomes. Political economy is defined here
as the processes by which ideas, power and resources are conceptualised,
negotiated and implemented by different groups at different scales. In
applying this definition to climate change and development, we broaden
the analysis from state-focused environmental politics to encompass
interactions between the state, non-state actors. The growing importance
of climate change in the development arena and the frequent assumption
of linear policymaking and apolitical, techno-managerial solutions make
the development of a new political economy emphasis vital to determining
efficient, equitable and effective responses.
Tanner, T.; Allouche, J. (Editors) Special Issue: Political Economy of Climate Change. IDS Bulletin (2011) 42 (3) 1-121.
Special Issue: Political Economy of Climate Change