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|Title||Domestic Determinants of Climate Change Mitigation Commitment|
|Abstract||Climate change is the most pressing global issue. Despite the increasingly credible threats associated with this phenomenon, countries have chosen vastly different levels of mitigation efforts. While some countries are leaders in reducing the human impact on the climate, others tend to disagree about the credibility of climate science in politically meaningful ways. Previous research on this topic has focused primarily on international cooperation, but there has been less analysis of the domestic attributes driving countries' mitigation attitudes. Consequently, this paper aims to uncover what motivates the global variance in levels of climate change mitigation efforts from a domestic standpoint. To analyze these factors, I employ comparative case studies of Sweden, Austria, the United States to assess the impact of cultural, economic, and geographic factors from the Kyoto Protocol through the present. Ultimately, I argue that public opinion and climate change denialism tend to have the largest effect on a country's willingness to undertake mitigation efforts. Economic factors also play a large role, while the relationship between geographic vulnerability and policy is less clear.|
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