Global warming is a topical political challenge. Four decades of intensive research in anthropogenic climate change and possible consequences hereof have presented an unequivocal upshot; There is an pressing need for political courage and action now, before the global costs grow to untold magnitude. The focus in this thesis is how the parties constituting the government in Danish politics have reacted to climate change agendas and strategically utilized different topics on climate towards strategic advancements vis-a-vis political opposition. Through an in-depth study of agenda-setting the historical and political basis for the present position of Denmark as a pioneer and figurehead in political action on climate change. Here a central conclusion is that the leading position of Denmark to a great extent can be accredited to an array of forward-looking Danish policy entrepreneurs on climate change together with an active Danish energy policy established in response to the two international energy crises in the 1970s. Moreover the study shows that an ambitious Danish climate policy is particularly vulnerable to short-term strategies of opportunistic parties aimed at parliament election results. The argument presented herein is that an ambitious climate policy which carries an up-front cost-burden to Danish industry or voters but benefits the climate in the long-term can easily be framed as a subject to an unwarranted economic burden by opponent parties seeking voter maximization. The inter-party competition and politicization of the content of the Danish SSFR coalition government’s energy agreement of 2012 serves as a case in point.
|Uddannelser||Forvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||1 aug. 2014|
|Vejledere||Flemming Juul Christiansen|
- Issue competition
- Climate policy
- Political parties