publication . Other literature type . Article . 2009

National Institutions and Global Public Goods: Are Democracies More Cooperative in Climate Change Policy?

Bernauer, Thomas; Bättig, Michèle B.;
  • Published: 15 Apr 2009
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article examines whether democracies contribute more to the provision of global public goods. It thus contributes to the debate on the effects of domestic institutions on international cooperation. The focus is on human-induced climate change, in Stern's words “the biggest market failure the world has ever seen.”<jats:sup>1</jats:sup> Using new data on climate change cooperation we study a cross-section of 185 countries in 1990–2004. The results show that the effect of democracy on levels of political commitment to climate change mitigation (policy output) is positive. In contrast, the effect on policy outcomes, meas...
Subjects
free text keywords: Political Science and International Relations, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Sociology and Political Science, Law, Climate change mitigation, Democracy, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Market failure, Development economics, International relations, Public good, Climate change, Political economy of climate change, Economics, Politics
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