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This course provides insight to the social, political and economic processes that govern climate change adaptation and mitigation. It consists of four topics:
(1) development of climate change policy at international, European, national and subnational level, including the role of state and non-state actors (NGOs and business);
(2) major ideas and concepts which are relevant for the analysis of climate governance, such as environmental governance and the governance of risk and uncertainty; the precautionary principle; burden sharing and fairness principles; economic incentives and flexible instruments (emissions trading, CDM, JI); the role of science in climate governance (in particular the role of the IPCC);
(3) different areas of climate mitigation and adaptation policies (such as energy policy and energy security, transport policy, and flood protection) and their implementation in developed and developing countries;
(4) political and economic dynamics emerging from the negotiations on a post-2012 regime, including the changing positions of major players (such as the EU, the USA and China).
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