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OADD 2025 - The Politics of Climate Change

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

After years of difficult negotiations, the Paris COP21 was supposed to pave the way towards a more sustainable mode of development. How can we understand the outcome of the Paris meeting? What is really needed to mitigate Climate Change and live with its effects in the future? Do we have the technologies to simultaneously respond to the needs of a growing world population and seriously reduce global emissions? What policies are needed to conduct the energy transition? What is the role of the different stakeholders (politicians, civil society, private sector)? Who will be the winners, and the losers? What can be the role, if any, of an international agreement in governing such a complex transition? This module builds on the scientific diagnosis to present the challenges attached to the transition towards low carbon economies. Based on empirical data and experience, a discussion of the different policy instruments is proposed, along with an analysis of key stakeholder strategies. Specific attention will be given to the specificity of different contexts (developed, emerging and developing countries) and economic sectors in evaluating the efficiency and the effectiveness of alternative policy design in driving technological, economical and societal change. We will also explore the difficulty to build collective action at the global level, by revisiting the most significant moments in the history of negotiation, and discuss possible avenues forward.


  • COLOMBIER, Michel (Directeur scientifique, IDDRI)
  • SCHAFFERER, Frédéric (Chargé de mission, Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire)

Course validation

Active participation (20%) ; - Short oral introductions to the course (groups of 3) (20%) ; - Final paper (60%) max. 30K characters due at the end of semester.


Some indicative readings given pre or post course, and one group presentation/semester + paper.

Required reading

  • Economic Growth, Carrying Capacity, and the Environment, Kenneth Arrow, Bert Bolin, Roert Costanza, Partha Dasgupta, Carl Folke, C.S. Holling, Bengt-Owe Jansson, Simon Levin, Karl-Goran Maler, Charles Perrings, David Pimentel, Science IENC 520 Vol. 268, No. 5210, ISSN: 0036-8075
  • COP21: Building an Unprecedented and Sustainable Agreement, Michel Colombier, Working Papers, n° 13, Iddri