Towards a New Political Economy of Climate Change and Development


  • Thomas Tanner,

    1. Research Fellow at IDS specialising in climate change adaptation and its links to poverty and development.
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  • Jeremy Allouche

    1. Research Fellow at IDS specialising in international political economy and global environmental governance.
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    • The publication of this issue of the IDS Bulletin was made possible through the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through the Political Economy of Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development project. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Andrew Clayton, Kirsty Mason, Jane Clark, Rita Zacarias, Simon Lucas, Clare Shakya and Dan Bradley. The views expressed in this and all other articles in this IDS Bulletin are the views of the authors alone and do not represent the views or policies of IDS, DFID, or the UK government.


In this article, the authors propose a new political economy of climate change and development in which explicit attention is given to the way that ideas, power and resources are conceptualised, negotiated and implemented by different groups at different scales. The climate change and development interface warrants such attention because of its importance to achieving sustainable poverty reduction outcomes, cross-sectoral nature, urgency and rapid emergence of international resource transfers, initiatives and governance architectures, and the frequent assumption of linear policymaking and apolitical, techno-managerial solutions to the climate change challenge.