We are proud to highlight the work of our Alumnus, Jonas Meckling, whose Winning coalitions for climate policy was published in Science in September 2015.
The gap is wide between the implications of climate science and the achievements of climate policy. Natural sciences tell us with increasing certainty that climate change is real, dangerous, and solvable; social sciences report that key constituencies largely support action. But current and planned policy remains weak and will allow a long-term increase in temperature of 3.6°C (1). How can we address the gap between science and policy? From the political successes of climate policy leaders, this publication identifies key strategies for building winning coalitions for decarbonization of domestic economies. Green industrial policy provides direct incentives for growth of green industries, which builds political support for carbon regulation.
Jonas Meckling is Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Senior Advisor to the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, the lead agency for Germany's clean energy policy. There he worked on a broad range of clean energy, climate and gas policy issues. Prior to working in government, Jonas was a Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He worked with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Group, the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard. He is the author of two books, the latest of which is Carbon Coalitions: Business, Climate Politics, and the Rise of Emissions Trading (MIT Press, 2011). Jonas Meckling previously worked at the European Commission and the Allianz Group. He holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.