The politics of climate change in Australia

Beeson, Mark and McDonald, Matt (2013) The politics of climate change in Australia. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59 3: 331-348. doi:10.1111/ajph.12019

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Author Beeson, Mark
McDonald, Matt
Title The politics of climate change in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9522
Publication date 2013-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajph.12019
Open Access Status
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 331
End page 348
Total pages 18
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Global climate change has become one of the most contentious and divisive issues in Australian politics. In part, this reflects the nature of the problem itself and Australia’s vulnerability both to manifestations of climate change on one hand and its mitigation on the other. While a land of heat and drought, and still a major agricultural producer, Australia also has an immediate economic interest in the maintenance of a global fossil fuel economy given its status as the world’s largest exporter of coal. And while Australia has one of the world’s oldest Green political parties, its citizens are also among the largest per-capita greenhouse gas emitters in the world.

With this context it is unsurprising that action on climate change should be contentious and climate change might indeed be defined as a “wicked” or “diabolical” problem. Yet the frequency and ferocity of contestation in Australia within the last decade over how to respond to climate change has been stunning, as has the oscillation of public opinion on whether, and how, to act in response to global climate change...

The papers in this special issue, and the workshop upon which it was based (at the University of Queensland in late 2012), explore this contentious politics of climate change in Australia. The particular focus here is on political contestation regarding federal government policy, and the paradox of climate politics in Australia, since the mid-2000s...
Keyword Australia
Climate change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: The Politics of Climate Change in Australia.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 24 Sep 2013, 09:32:03 EST by Mr Matthew Mcdonald on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies