The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy

Beginning in 2010, shortly after the debacle that was the Copenhagen climate talks, researchers at Oxford University and LSE organized a series of meetings to  open up a broader discussion about climate policy. The most well-known of these efforts was the 2010 Hartwell Paper (here in PDF), so named for the English country house in Buckinghamshire where the meeting took place.  Now, Steve Rayner (Oxford) and Mark Caine (formerly LSE) have published a book called “The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy.”

For faculty who teach climate politics, the book offers a nice compendium of thinking over the past 25 years which has been both critical of the mainstream approach to climate policy and largely on target in that critique. Here is the book blurb from Routledge:

The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy presents a powerful critique of mainstream climate change policies and details a set of pragmatic alternatives based on the Hartwell Group’s collective writings from 1988-2010. Drawing on a rich history of heterodox but increasingly accepted views on climate change policy, this book brings together in a single volume a series of key, related texts that define the ‘Hartwell critique’ of conventional climate change policies and the ‘Hartwell approach’ to building more inclusive, pragmatic alternatives.

This book tells of the story of how and why conventional climate policy has failed and, drawing from lessons learned, how it can be renovated. It does so by weaving together three strands of analysis. First, it highlights why the mainstream approach, as embodied by the Kyoto Protocol, has failed to produce real world reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and delayed real meaningful progress on climate change. Second, it explores the underlying political, economic, and technological factors which form the boundary conditions for climate change policy but which are often ignored by policy makers and advocates. Finally, it lays out a novel approach to climate change guided centrally by the goal of uplifting human dignity worldwide—and the recognition that this can only succeed if pursued pragmatically, economically, and with democratic legitimacy.

With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this work presents a original critique of climate policy and a constructive primer for how to improve it.

And here are the contents:

  •  Introduction: Another Book on Climate Change Policy? Steve Rayner and Mark Caine

  • Part 1. The Road Not Taken

  • 1. Sections 1, 3, and 6 from Managing global climate change: a view from the social and decision sciences Steve Rayner

  • 2. Politics and the Environment Gwyn Prins

  • 3. A Cultural Perspective on the Structure and Implementation of Global Environmental Agreements Steve Rayner

  • 4. Global Climate Change: An Atmosphere of Uncertainty Dan Sarewitz

  • 5. Zen and the Art of Climate Maintenance Steve Rayner and Liz Malone

    Part 2. An Emerging Critique

  • 6. Rethinking the Role of Adaptation in Climate Policy Roger Pielke Jr.

  • 7. Prediction and Other Approaches to Climate Change Policy Steve Rayner

  • 8. Breaking the Global Warming Gridlock Dan Sarewitz and Roger Pielke Jr.

  • 9. Just Say No To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets Frank Laird

  • 10. Social Science and the Absence of Nature: Uncertainty and the Reality of Extremes Reiner Grundmann and Nico Stehr

  • 11. How Science Makes Environmental Controversies Worse Dan Sarewitz

  • 12. Disasters, Death, and Destruction: Making Sense of Recent Calamities Roger Pielke Jr.

  • 13. What Drives Environmental Policy? Steve Rayner

  • 14. Lifting the Taboo on Adaptation Roger Pielke Jr. et al

    Part 3. The End of the Pipe: An Epistemological Break

  • 15. The Death of Environmentalism Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger

  • 16. Time to Ditch Kyoto Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner

    Part 4. From Climate Crisis to Energy Challenge

  • 17. Dangerous Asumptions Roger Pielke Jr. et al

  • 18. Let the Global Technology Race Begin Isabel Galiana and Chris Green

  • 19. Intro to Why We Disagree About Climate Change Mike Hulme

    Part 5. The Hartwell Paper

  • 20. The Hartwell Paper Gwyn Prins et al

    Part 6. Beyond Hartwell

  • 21. A New Strategy for Energy Innovation John Alic et al

  • 22. Liberalism’s Modest Proposals Dan Sarewitz

  • 23. Climate of Failure Roger Pielke Jr.

  • Afterword Steve Rayner and Mark Caine

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