Why Ambitious and Just Climate Mitigation Needs Political Science

Brutschin, E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7040-3057 & Andrijevic, M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0199-1988 (2022). Why Ambitious and Just Climate Mitigation Needs Political Science. Politics and Governance 10 (3) 167-170. 10.17645/pag.v10i3.6156.

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Project: Exploring National and Global Actions to reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions (ENGAGE, H2020 821471), Just Transitions to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions for All (JustTrans4ALL)


A large-scale transformation of the energy system, which climate mitigation entails, is a global and highly politicized problem. This thematic issue brings together scholars who work with Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs)—which are used for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and other key analyses of future climate trajectories—and social scientists working on climate and energy issues to highlight how the two strands of research could benefit from combining insights across different disciplines and methods. One of the key messages across almost all contributions is that the more technical perspectives could benefit from adjusting their assumptions to reflect the patterns observed in quantitative and qualitative social science. Combining different disciplines is methodologically challenging but promising to ensure that the mitigation strategies developed are considered technically and politically feasible, as well as just.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Exploring Climate Policy Ambition
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate mitigation; Integrated Assessment Models; interdisciplinary
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
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Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 11:44
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 14:07
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/18240

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