The Political Economy of Climate Change and Development


Climate change financing initiatives are an increasingly prominent part of international development activities, through mechanisms both inside and outside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Engaging with political factors is crucial to ensure that these international initiatives achieve both their climate change and development objectives. This briefing makes the case for improving how global climate change initiatives integrate national and local contexts. To do so requires greater use of political economy analysis to examine how initiatives are driven by political ideologies, how they are negotiated between groups with different interests and incentives, and the governance arrangements for their implementation.

This briefing is based on articles in IDS Bulletin 43.3, Political Economy of Climate Change, edited by IDS Research Fellows Thomas Tanner and Jeremy Allouche.


Tanner, T. The Political Economy of Climate Change and Development. IDS in Focus Policy Briefing (2011) Issue 20, 2 pp.

The Political Economy of Climate Change and Development

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