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US Politics and Climate Change: Science Confronts Policy

Glen Sussman and Byron W. Daynes
US Politics and Climate Change: Science Confronts Policy
ISBN: 978-1-58826-899-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-463-8
2013/245 pages/LC: 2013006140
"Jargon-free, well-written, and solid scholarship."—Choice

"Sussman and Daynes do an excellent job of breaking down this complex topic, which will continue to gain in importance as it becomes part of the mainstream US policy agenda."—Dennis L. Soden, University of Texas at El Paso


Why is climate change the subject of such vehement political rhetoric in the United States?  What explains the policy deadlock that has existed for nearly two decades—and that has resulted in the failure of US leadership in the international arena? Addressing these questions, Glen Sussman and Byron Daynes trace the evolution of US climate change policy, assess how key players—the scientific community, Congress, the president, the judiciary, interest groups, the states, and the public—have responded to climate change, and explore the prospects for effective policymaking in the future.


Glen Sussman is university professor of political science at Old Dominion University. Byron W. Daynes is professor of political science at Brigham Young University. The two are coauthors, most recently, of White House Politics and the Environment: Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush.


  • Policy Deadlock: Grappling with Climate Change.
  • Science Meets Government Bureaucracy.
  • Congress and the Legislative Process.
  • Presidential Leadership from Truman to Obama.
  • The Role of the Judiciary.
  • Interest Groups and Public Opinion.
  • The States Weigh In.
  • Assessing the US Response to Climate Change Policy.