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

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

0261-0183
285-307
Buchs, Milena
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Bardsley, Nicholas
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Duwe, Sebastian
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Buchs, Milena
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Bardsley, Nicholas
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Duwe, Sebastian
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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.

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Published date: 16 February 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 183577
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/183577
ISSN: 0261-0183
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Date deposited: 03 May 2011 12:37
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:55

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