How parties develop policies on climate change mitigation.
Political parties contribute to determining society’s capacity to develop an adequate response to climate change in their roles as policymakers, public opinion leaders and representatives. This project, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), focuses on how parties develop policies on climate change mitigation. It aims to describe the development of these policies over time and to explain how mainstream European political parties develop their climate policies. It focuses on mainstream parties’ climate policies in six countries (the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Ireland and Italy), seeking to understand their development by examining their responses to the electorate and electoral competition, the dynamics of coalition-formation and the interplay of internal party groups and interests external to the party.