UCL Uncovering Politics

The Politics of Climate Change

Episode Summary

This week we are looking at the politics of climate change. More specifically, how should political institutions be designed to maximise action towards net zero?

Episode Notes

Climate change is – as the article we’re discussing this week puts it – ‘the quintessential long-term problem’. Action is needed to avert massive long-term harm. But the steps that are required will generate short-term costs. 

Democracies are famously short-termist. Politicians who want to be re-elected don’t like imposing short-term costs on voters.

So: can we design democracies better to foster longer time horizons? 

To answer this question, UCL Uncovering Politics is joined by Dr Jared Finnegan, Lecturer in Public Policy in the UCL Department of Political Science.

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