Australian Climate Policy and Diplomacy provides a well overdue critique of existing, and high-profile, publications that convey the ‘greenhouse mafia’ hypothesis, which posits that Australia’s weak policy response to climate change is the result of a menacing domestic fossil fuel lobby.
Ben Parr argues that the shared government-industry discourse about protecting Australia’s industrial competitiveness has had a more decisive influence in shaping and legitimising Australian climate policy than the direct lobbying tactics of the fossil fuel industry. Over the course of the book, Parr also reveals how policies have evolved over time and as a result of the different foreign policy discourses and traditions of the Liberal-National Coalition Party and the Australian Labor Party as alliance-focused versus internationalist respectively. To demonstrate his argument, he presents a discourse analysis woven into a chronological policy narrative, comprising more than 1000 primary texts (media releases, interviews and speeches) generated by prime ministers and key fossil fuel lobbyists. Overall, this volume illustrates how domestic forces have and are influencing Australia’s climate policy. In doing so, it also provides a framework which can be adapted to examine climate mitigation policies in other countries, notably Canada and the US.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental policy and governance, and Australian climate change policy and politics more specifically; as well as policymakers and practitioners working in these fields.
INTRODUCTION: Australian Climate Policy and Politics
PART ONE: Conceptual Framework
- Theory and Method
- The Key Discourses
- The Gillard Labor Government (Including, Rudd 2013)
- The Abbott Coalition Government
PART TWO: The Cases
CONCLUSION: Government-Industry Compatibility?