The Domestic Determinants of Climate Change Policy: Explaining the Gap between International Ambition and National Obstructions

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The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement is only the latest example of national climate policy shortcomings (and failures of execution) prompting nations to come up short, even with regard to voluntary climate change mitigation pledges after Paris. This panel seeks to appraise the achievements and limits of the international regime for mitigating climate change, especially since 2015, and to contextualize how domestic politics can facilitate or obstruct national movement towards collective goals. The panel features scholars of the role of nations and national contributions in the aggregate, as well as case studies of particular nations and national policies.