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Please join the CGS for the next talk in our Climate Change series: Federica Genovese (Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford) on Wednesday, October 18th at 11AM CST on Zoom, will give their lecture, "Climate Action from Abroad: Assessing Mass Support for Cross-Border Climate Compensation."
Resource transfers from developed to developing countries to combat climate change are central to international climate policy efforts. Yet countries are grappling domestically with provisioning and accepting transfers. We ask what are the determinants of public support for cross-border climate transfers? We answer this question by laying out factors that might drive support for domestic audiences and providing evidence through paired survey experiments in the United States and India, critical climate donor and recipient countries. We show that several designs of climate finance can make international transfers more appealing. Policy control that prioritizes partnership opportunities between donor and recipient country agents and justice considerations that emphasize compensation for vulnerable communities markedly bolster approval. Voters also prioritize mitigation over adaptation spending and transfer schemes replicated in other nations. Incorporating political attributes in the design of transfers can therefore unlock, instead of undermine, public support for cross-border climate cooperation.
Federica Genovese is a political scientist at the Department of Government at the University of Essex. Starting in January 2024, she will be a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She has a PhD from University of Konstanz and degrees from Johns Hopkins SAIS and University of Toronto. She has previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. In 2022-23 she was an academic visitor at Nuffield College in Oxford and Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. Her work focuses on international and comparative political economy, with particular attention to climate politics and policy, globalization, redistribution and the politics of crises.