8. From Theory to Practice

  1. Daniel D. Perlmutter1 and
  2. Robert L. Rothstein2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch8

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

How to Cite

Perlmutter, D. D. and Rothstein, R. L. (2010) From Theory to Practice, in The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Colgate University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654989

Online ISBN: 9781444328523



  • from theory to practice;
  • World Business Summit on Climate Change - robust global carbon markets, clean energy, energy efficiency and promoting technology investment;
  • leadership variable, in determining environmental issues - on the rise in political agenda;
  • ability, reaching successful international agreements - on energy and environment, prior domestic consensus on issues;
  • local, regional or international - effects of global warming, varying in magnitude and geography;
  • compliance and implementation - affected by play of domestic politics;
  • best settings - negotiating cooperative International agreements;
  • “Coalitions of the willing” - in the late 1970s and early 1980s;
  • bargaining strategies - domestic and International;
  • Big Bang or Accelerated Incrementalism - reaching agreement by a “big bang” approach, the Copenhagen conference - and incrementalism from its detractors


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Different Regimes and Perspectives

  • Improving the Prospects

  • The Debate on Venues

  • Bargaining Strategies: Domestic and International

  • Big Bang or Accelerated Incrementalism?

  • Choices in the Context of Risk

  • Notes and References