Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

The rise and fall of US carbon taxes

Carbon taxesMost experts agree that the best way to control greenhouse gases is through taxation or cap-and-trade systems, but the US political system is notoriously resistant to such policies.  In 2008-2009, though, Barry Raab says there was a “short-lived revolution” in policymaking, as policies such as these briefly seemed politically viable.  In the current issue of Governance (23.4, October 2010) Raab asks why these policy options suddenly gained support, and examines the “rapid and decisive reversal” that followed. Today, says Raab, there is still “a steady trend” in favor of policy responses that “minimize, delay, or obscure cost imposition as an approach to greenhouse gas emissions reduction.”  Read the article: The Aversion to Direct Cost Imposition: Selecting Climate Policy Tools in the United States.

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November 8, 2010 at 1:00 am