State Leadership in US Climate Change and Energy Policy: The California Experience
The Journal of Environment & Development
It is a long-held belief among scholars and practitioners that the State of California is a notable subnational leader in environmental and climate change policy. This article focuses primarily on four essential contextual factors that explain why and how within the United States’ federal system of government California has become such an important leader, performing far in excess of the national government and most other states. These essential factors are preferences, authority, capacity, and effectiveness. The article then moves to the multifaceted implementation strategy California policy makers have employed to realize their environmental goals. Finally, despite the history of strong leadership, the state continues to face a host of significant challenges in realizing its ambitious climate change goals for the coming decades.
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Mazmanian, D. A., Jurewitz, J. L., & Nelson, H. T. (2019). State Leadership in US Climate Change and Energy Policy: The California Experience. The Journal of Environment & Development, 1070496519887484.