Who bears the brunt? Distributional effects of climate change mitigation policies

Buchs, Milena, Bardsley, Nicholas and Duwe, Sebastian (2011) Who bears the brunt? Distributional effects of climate change mitigation policies. Critical Social Policy, 31, (2), 285-307. (doi:10.1177/0261018310396036).


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Climate change scholars generally urge that CO2 emissions need to be cut rapidly if we are to avoid dangerous risks of climate change. However, climate change mitigation policies are widely perceived to have regressive effects – that is, putting a higher financial burden as a proportion of household income on poor than on rich households. This is one of several major barriers to the adoption of effective mitigation policies. They would also have considerable social justice implications requiring significant welfare state responses. We assess the claim that climate change policies have regressive effects by comparing different types of mitigation policies. We will argue that many of these are indeed likely to have regressive distributional implications but that there are several policy options to counteract regressive effects.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0261018310396036
ISSNs: 0261-0183 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 183577
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
16 February 2011Published
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 12:37
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:37
Who emits most? An analysis of UK households' CO2 emissions and their association with socio-economic factors
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-000-22-4083)
Led by: Milena Mareike Buchs
1 May 2011 to 31 July 2012
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/183577

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