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Just Decarbonisation: A comparative case study on how to make the green transition work for all

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Montgomery Wagner

About Montgomery
This is Montgomery’s latest study on the nexus between environmental policy and multi-level governance. During his undergraduate studies at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, he had already written a Comparative Analysis of Urban Cycling Policies that was awarded the Gips-Schüle Student Research. His thesis analyses the differing successes of waste management in Germany and France. Montgomery graduated this year from the LSE with an MSc in European and International Public Policy. He currently works as Policy Officer for Mobility, Spatial Planning, Environment and Energy at the EGTC Eurodistrict PAMINA.
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Abstract

A successful green transition across the EU requires an understanding of how structural change works in diverging socio-economic environments. While liberal market economies allow for quick decarbonisation through pricing mechanisms, they tend to struggle with building up long-term economic resilience and competitiveness in former fossil fuel reliant regions. Accordingly, non-market modes of coordinating economic activity will help raise a region’s attractiveness by increasing cooperation between firms, workers, and the state. This allows for the creation of sustainable and competitive industries in otherwise structurally weak areas. Therefore, EU policy should both incentivise an early phase-out from fossil fuel and support cooperative approaches to structural change.
How to Cite: Wagner, M., 2021. Just Decarbonisation: A comparative case study on how to make the green transition work for all. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 9(1).
Published on 08 May 2021.
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