chapter  7
25 Pages

A comparative analysis of climate policy changes in Germany and Japan: a path to paradigmatic policy change

The previous chapters compared two decades of climate policy development in Germany and Japan with the objective of determining whether there is any difference between the types and levels of policy change in the two countries, and, if so, which factors account for this difference. This concluding chapter first summarizes the results of this comparison, and then, on the basis of these results, analyses the factors and conditions responsible for the difference between the two countries. In light of the empirical analysis comparing climate policy changes in Germany and Japan over two decades, the chapter goes on to discuss the effectiveness and the limits of existing theories in explaining incremental and substantial policy change. Finally, it explores the question posed at the outset of this book relating to how fundamental, paradigmatic policy change occurs.