Climate Innovation: Australian Corporate Perspectives on the Role of Government
Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Australian Journal of Politics and History © 2013 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Australian Journal of Politics & History
Special Issue: The Politics of Climate Change in Australia
Volume 59, Issue 3, pages 414–428, September 2013
How to Cite
Mikler, J. and Harrison, N. E. (2013), Climate Innovation: Australian Corporate Perspectives on the Role of Government. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 59: 414–428. doi: 10.1111/ajph.12024
- Issue online: 16 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2013
Technological innovation is the most politically palatable avenue for governments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It avoids less palatable alternatives, such as regulating social behaviour. However, technological innovation in advanced, liberal capitalist states such as Australia is the product of the interaction of science possibilities with market demands, and is primarily reliant on the choices of profit-seeking corporations. Therefore, interviews were conducted with key office-holders in Australia's most carbon-intensive industry sectors. The perspectives they offered challenge the conventional wisdom that Australian business desires less government intervention. Instead, corporate representatives expressed a desire for stronger, clearer and more strategic long-term government support. This is because a liberal economic basis for capitalism in Australia means government, more than the market, is central for climate innovation as opposed to normal market innovation.