United Kingdom climate governance references

Five disclaimers here.

First, this is inevitably incomplete – the academic study of climate governance is necessarily enormous and expanding rapidly. If I haven’t listed some important/useful work, let me know! Non-appearance here should NOT be taken as a snub. Far more likely it’s evidence of my ignorance or inefficiency.

Second, this list contains articles that go beyond “climate governance” to look at other (in my opinion related!) topics. But there is a signal-noise issue for anyone looking narrowly at climate)

Third, presence here is not an endorsement. There may be articles here (and see disclaimer three) that have dodgy empirics but good analysis, or – more likely – good empirics but ‘meh’ analysis. There will be some though, that are bloody fantastic.

Fourth, I haven’t read every word of every article here. I will flag when I have read an article, linking to a blog or whatever.

Fifth, I may abandon having this here as a webpage and switch to some other citation management format (I probably should). If I do, I will let you know…


Anderson, K., Bows, A. and Mander, S. 2008. From long-term targets to cumulative emission pathways: Reframing UK climate policy. Energy Policy Volume 36, Issue 10, Pages 3714-3722

Ahrens, R. and Astrid M. Eckert Industrial Policy in Western Europe since the 1960s: Historical Varieties and Perspectives  Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook https://doi.org/10.1515/jbwg-2017-0002

Andersen, A. and Gulbrandsen, M. 2020. The innovation and industry dynamics of technology phase-out in sustainability transitions: Insights from diversifying petroleum technology suppliers in Norway, Energy Research & Social Science 64 (2020) 101447, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101447

Bailey, I. (2007). Market Environmentalism, New Environmental Policy Instruments, and Climate Policy in the United Kingdom and Germany. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97(3), 530–550. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8306.2007.00562.x 

Bailey, I. and Rupp, S., 2006. The evolving role of trade associations in negotiated environmental agreements: the case of United Kingdom climate change agreements. Business Strategy and the Environment, 15, 40–54. doi:10.1002/ bse.465

Berry, C. 2016. Industrial policy change in the post-crisis British economy: Policy innovation in an incomplete institutional and ideational environment, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 830–847, https://doi.org/ 10.1177/1369148116667650.

Berry C. (2020) From Receding to Reseeding: Industrial Policy, Governance Strategies and Neoliberal Resilience in Post-crisis Britain, New Political Economy, 25:4, 607-625, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2019.1625316 

Boehmer-Christiansen, S.A., 1995. Britain and the international panel on climate change: the impacts of scientific advice on global warming part II: the domestic story of the British response to climate change. Environmental Politics, 4 (2), 175–196. doi:10.1080/09644019508414196

Bulkeley, H. 2015. Charting Climate Change Governance in the United Kingdom. ACCOMPLISHING CLIMATE GOVERNANCE, 24–53. Cambridge University Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139839204.002

 Busch, J, Foxon, T. and Taylor, P. 2018. Designing industrial strategy for a low carbon transformation, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 29 (2018) 114–125, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2018.07.005.

Carter, N. 2014. The Politics of Climate Change in the UK. Wires

Carter, N. 2020. The transformation of climate politics in the UK, in Political Ecology and Environmentalism in Britain edited by Brendan Prendiville, David Haigron

Carter, N. and Clements, B., 2015. From ‘greenest government ever’ to ‘get rid of all the green crap’: david Cameron, the Conservatives and the environment. British Politics, 10, 204–225. doi:10.1057/bp.2015.16

Carter, N. and Jacobs, M., 2014. Explaining radical policy change: the case of climate change and energy policy under the British Labour government 2006-10. Public Administration, 92 (1), 125–141. doi:10.1111/padm.12046

Carter, N. and Little, C. 2021. Party competition on climate policy: The roles of interest groups, ideology and challenger parties in the UK and Ireland. International Political Science Review, Vol. 42(1) 1–17

Choi, S.-J., Jia, N., & Lu, J. (2014). The Structure of Political Institutions and Effectiveness of Corporate Political Lobbying. Organization Science, 141223041331004. doi:10.1287/orsc.2014.0936 

Craig, M. 2016.  ‘Treasury Control’ and the British Environmental State. SPERI

Craig, M.P.A. (2018) Greening the state for a sustainable political economy. New Political Economy. ISSN 1356-3467 https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2018.1526266

Crawley, S., Coffé, H. & Chapman, R. To what extent do interest group messages shape the public’s climate change policy preferences?. Br Polit (2020). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41293-020-00144-6

DeMello, R. 2019 Corporate Political Strategies Business and Management https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190224851.013.24

Demougin, P. Leon Gooberman, Marco Hauptmeier 2021  Revisiting voluntarism: Private voluntary regulation by Employer Forums in the United Kingdom https://doi.org/10.1177/00221856211038308

De Vito L. & Hayes E. (2021). Journey to Net Zero: a rapid review of the challenges for the UK
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Dresner, S., Jackson, T., & Gilbert, N. (2006). History and social responses to environmental tax reform in the United Kingdom. Energy Policy, 34(8), 930–939. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2004.08.046 

Fankhauser, S., Averchenkova, A. and Finnegan, J. 2018. 10 years of the UK Climate Change Act. The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) (University of Leeds/LSE

Ferguson, J.Sales de Aguiar, T.R. and Fearfull, A. (2016), “Corporate response to climate change: language, power and symbolic construction”, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 278-304. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-09-2013-1465

Ferns, G. Kenneth Amaeshi  2019. Fueling Climate (In)Action: How organizations engage in hegemonization to avoid transformational action on climate change. Organization Studies https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840619855744

Gillard, R. 2016. Unravelling the United Kingdom’s climate policy consensus: The power of ideas, discourse and institutions. Global Environmental Change, Volume 40, Pages 26-36

Glynn, P. Timothy Cadman and Tek N. Maraseni. 2017. Chapter 6: Case study: United Kingdom in Business, Organized Labour and Climate Policy Forging a Role at the Negotiating Table

Gooberman, L., Hauptmeier, M., & Heery, E. (2017). Contemporary Employer Interest Representation in the United Kingdom. Work, Employment and Society, 32(1), 114–132. doi:10.1177/0950017017701074 

Gooberman L, Marco Hauptmeier, Edmund Heery 2017 A typology of employers’ organisations in the United Kingdom Economic and Industrial Democracy https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X17704499

Gooberman, L., Hauptmeier, M., & Heery, E. (2018). The evolution of employers’ organisations in the United Kingdom: Extending countervailing power. Human Resource Management Journal. doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12193 

Hall, S., Mazur, C., Hardy, J., Workman, M., & Powell, M. (2020). Prioritising business model innovation: What needs to change in the United Kingdom energy system to grow low carbon entrepreneurship? Energy Research & Social Science, 60, 101317. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2019.101317

Harrison, K., 2015. International carbon trade and domestic climate politics. Global Environmental Politics, 15 (3), 27–48. doi:10.1162/GLEP_a_00310

Hildingsson, R., Annica Kronsell & Jamil Khan (2019) The green state and industrial decarbonnisation, Environmental Politics, 28:5, 909-928, DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1488484  

Hart, J. 1993 Rival Capitalists International Competitiveness in the United States, Japan, and Western Europe https://doi.org/10.7591/9781501725531

Helm, D. 2010. Government failure, rent-seeking, and capture: the design of climate change policy. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 26, Issue 2, Pages 182–196, https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grq006

Jeswani, H. K., Wehrmeyer, W., & Mulugetta, Y. (2007). How warm is the corporate response to climate change? Evidence from Pakistan and the UK. Business Strategy and the Environment, 17(1), 46–60. doi:10.1002/bse.569 

Johnstone J. and Newell, P. 2018. Sustainability transitions and the state, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 27 72–82, https://doi.org/10.1016/j. eist.2017.10.006

Johnstone, P., Rogge, K., Kivimaa, P. Fratini,, C. Primmer, E. and Stirling, A. 2020. Waves of disruption in clean energy transitions: Sociotechnical dimensions of system disruption in Germany and the United Kingdom, Energy Research & Social Science 59 (2020) 101287, https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.erss.2019.101287..

Kattirtzi, M., Ketsopoulou, I., and Watson, J., 2020. Incumbents in transition? The role of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies in the UK. Energy Policy, 148A, 111927.

Kern, F. Smith, A., Shaw, C. Raven, R. and Verhees B. 2014. From laggard to leader: Explaining offshore wind developments in the UK, Energy Policy. 69 (2014) 635–646, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.02.031.

Kearns, G., 1991. This Common Inheritance: green idealism versus Tory pragmatism. Journal of Biogeography, 18 (4), 363–370. doi:10.2307/2845478  

Kone, M.Z. and Farnhill, T. (2019) Invisible, Unfettered and Predictable—The Patterning of Corporate Political Activity in the UK. Open Journal of Business and Management, 7, 1779-1802. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojbm.2019.74123

Koasidis K, Nikas A, Neofytou H, Karamaneas A, Gambhir A, Wachsmuth J, Doukas H. The UK and German Low-Carbon Industry Transitions from a Sectoral Innovation and System Failures Perspective. Energies. 2020; 13(19):4994. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13194994

Kuzemko, C., 2016. Energy depoliticisation in the UK: destroying political capacity. Br. J. Politics Int. Relat. 18, 107–124. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-856X.12068

Labour Energy Forum, Who owns the wind, owns the future, Labour Energy Forum, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sts454

Lamberg, J.-A., Skippari, M., Eloranta, J., & MÄKinen, S. (2004). The Evolution of Corporate Political Action: A Framework for Processual Analysisx. Business & Society, 43(4), 335–365. doi:10.1177/0007650304272241

Lockwood, M., et al., 2017. The governance of industry rules and energy system innovation: the case of codes in Great Britain. Utilities Policy, 47, 41–49. doi:10.1016/j.jup.2017.06.008

Lorenzoni, I. O’Riordan T. and Pidgeon, N. 2008. Hot Air and Cold Feet: The UK Response to lLimate Change. in eds Compston H. and Bailey, I. 2008 Turning Down the Heat: the Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies.London: Palgrave Macmillan

Lowes, R. 2019 Power and heat transformation policy: Actor influence on the development of the UK’s heat strategy and the GB Renewable Heat Incentive with a comparative Dutch case study. PhD thesis

Makuch, K and Makuch, Z. 2008. Domestic initiatives in the UK. in Climate Change and European Emissions Trading: Lessons for Theory and Practice edited by Michael G. Faure, Marjan Peeters

M¨akitie, A.D. Andersen, J. Hanson, H.E. Normann, T.M. Thune, Established sectors expediting clean technology industries? The Norwegian oil and gas sector’s influence on offshore wind power, Journal of Cleaner Production 177 (2018) 813–823, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.209.

Von Malmborg F, Strachan P. 2005. Climate policy, ecological modernisation and the UK Emissions Trading Scheme. European Environment 15(3): 143–160. DOI: 10.1002/eet.384

Markard, J. 2018. The next phase of the energy transition and its implications for research and policy, Nature Energy. (2018) 1–6, https://doi.org/10.1038/ s41560-018-0171-7

McLean, I. (2008). Climate Change and UK Politics: From Brynle Williams to Sir Nicholas Stern. The Political Quarterly, 79(2), 184–193. doi:10.1111/j.1467-923x.2008.00916.x  

Mildenberger, M. 2020. Carbon Captured: How Business and Labor Control Climate Politics


Nan Jia, Stanislav Markus and Timothy Werner 2021 Theoretical Light in Empirical Darkness: Illuminating Strategic Concealment of Corporate Political Activity Academy of Management ReviewIn-Press https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2019.0292

Newell, P. 2020. The business of rapid transition. WIRES https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.670

Nyberg, D., Wright, C., & Kirk, J. (2018). Dash for Gas: Climate Change, Hegemony and the Scalar Politics of Fracking in the UK. British Journal of Management, 29(2), 235–251. doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12291 

Nyberg, D. 2021 Corporations, Politics, and Democracy: Corporate political activities as political corruption https://doi.org/10.1177/2631787720982618

Nye, M., & Owens, S. (2008). Creating the UK emission trading scheme: motives and symbolic politics. European Environment, 18(1), 1–15. doi:10.1002/eet.468 

Pearson, P. and Watson, J. 2012. UK Energy Policy 1980-2010: A history and lessons to be learnt, The Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies, London, 2012

Pemberton, H., 2018. The civil service. In: D. Brown, R. Crowcroft, and G. Pentland, eds. Modern British Political History 1800-2000, 121–136. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rival, M. (2012), “Are firms’ lobbying strategies universal? Comparison of lobbying by French and UK firms”, Journal of Strategy and Management, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 211-230. https://doi.org/10.1108/17554251211222901

Rodrik, D., 2014. Green industrial policy. Oxford Rev. Econ. Policy 30, 469–491. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/gru025.  

Roeser, F. and Jackson, T. 2005. Early experiences with emissions trading in the UK. in The Business of Climate Change: Corporate Responses to Kyoto edited by Kathryn Begg, Frans van der Woerd, David Levy

Sasse, T., et al., 2020. Net zero: how government can meet its climate change target. Institute for Government. https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/ default/files/publications/net-zero-government-climate-change-target.pdf  

Schrader, B. (2002). Greenhouse gas emission policies in the UK and Germany: influences and responses. European Environment, 12(3), 173–184. doi:10.1002/eet.291 

Schot, J. and Steinmueller, E.W. 2018. Three frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation and transformative change, Research Policy (2018), https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.respol.2018.08.011.

Seely, A. 2009. Climate change levy. House of Commons Library

Seely, A., Danby, G. and McGinness, S. 1999. The Climate Change Levy. House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/93

Smith, A. 2004. Policy transfer in the development of UK climate policy. Policy & Politics, Volume 32, Number 1, pp. 79-93 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557304772860067

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Sorrell, S. 2003 Who owns the carbon? Interactions between the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the UK Renewables Obligation and Energy Efficiency Commitment. Energy and Environment 14, 677-703

Strong, L. 2010. Understanding the role of the business community in the making of UK climate policy between 1997 and 2009. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

Tyllström, A., & Murray, J. (2019). Lobbying the Client: The role of policy intermediaries in corporate political activity. Organization Studies, 017084061986648. doi:10.1177/0170840619866486 

Varma, A. (2003). UK’s climate change levy: cost effectiveness, competitiveness and environmental impacts. Energy Policy, 31(1), 51–61. doi:10.1016/s0301-4215(02)00117-9 

While, A. & Will Eadson (2021): Zero carbon as economic restructuring: spatial divisions of labour and just transition, New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2021.1967909


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