J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
735 S. State St. # 5234
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Research and Teaching Interests:
- Nonprofit and Civil Society
- Politics, Institutions & Processes: National
- Politics, Institutions & Processes: State & Local
- Science and Technology
B.A. Carthage College, History
M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago, Political Science
Brookings Institution, Washington, DC Non-resident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies
Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration
"The Politics of American and Canadian Carbon Pricing," APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper (2011). Co-authored with Christopher Borick. Available at SSRN:
"Contested Federalism and American Climate Policy," APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper (2011). Available at SSRN:
"Contested Federalism and American Climate Policy," Publius: The Journal of Federalism (2011): 1-28.
"The Aversion to Direct Cost Imposition: Selecting Climate Policy Tools in the United States," Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, vol. 23 (October 2010): 583-608.
Greenhouse Governance: Addressing Climate Change in America, editor (Brookings Institution Press, 2010).
"A Reason to Believe: Examining the Factors that Determine Americans’ Views of Global Warming," Social Science Quarterly (2010). Co-authored with Christopher Borick.
“Nanotechnology and the Evolving Role of State Governments,” in Governing Uncertainty, Christopher Bosso ed. (Washington, D.C.: Resources for the Future Press, 2010): 105-130.
“The Climate of Belief: American Public Opinion on Climate Change,” Issues in Governance Studies, no. 31 (January 2010): 1-12. Co-authored with Christopher Borick.
“Racing to the Top, the Bottom, or the Middle of the Pack?: The Evolving State Government Role in Environmental Protection,” in Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, Norman J. Vig and Michael E. Kraft eds. (CQ Press 2010), 27-51.
Climate Policy Blueprint: Report of the National Conference on Climate Governance (Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, 2009). Also see “Governing the Climate,” Environmental Forum, vol. 26, no. 5 (September/October 2009): 36-43.
“Governing the Climate from Sacramento,” in Unlocking the Power of Networks, Stephen Goldsmith and Donald F. Kettl, eds. (Brookings Press 2009): 34-61.
“Sustainability in a Regional Context: The Case of the Great Lakes Basin,” in Toward Sustainable Communities, Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft eds., 2nd edition (MIT Press, 2009): 289-314. Co-authored with Marc Gaden.
“Climate Change and Multilevel Governance: The Evolving State and Local Roles,” in Toward Sustainable Communities, Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft eds., 2nd edition (MIT Press, 2009): 201-226. Co-authored with Michele Betsill.
“Second-Generation Climate Policies: Proliferation, Diffusion, and Regionalization,” in Changing Climates in North American Politics, Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer eds. (MIT Press, 2009): 67-86.
"States on Steroids : The Intergovernmental Odyssey of American Climate Policy," Review of Policy Research 25 (March 2008): 105-128.
"Environmental Policy in the Bush Era: The Collision Between the Administrative Presidency and State Experiementation," Publius: The Journal of Federalism 37 (Summer 2007): 413-431.
Regionalism and Global Climate Change Policy," in Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Centery, Timothy Conlan and Paul Posner eds. (Brookings, 2008), 176-205.
"Beyond Kyoto: Designing Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Competing Federal Systems," Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, vol. 20 (July 2007): 423-444.
"Business Influence in State Environmental Policy," in Business and Environmental Policy, eds. Michael Kraft and Sheldon Kamieniecki (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007): 265-298. Co-authored with Philip A. Mundo.
Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Evolving Politics of American Climate Change Policy (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2004). Available at www.brookings.edu. Winner of the 2005 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award, American Political Science Association.
Beyond NIMBY: Hazardous Waste Siting in Canada and the United States (Brookings Press, 1994).
When Federalism Works (Brookings Press, 1986). Co-authored with Paul E. Peterson and Kenneth K. Wong.
Fragmentation and Integration in State Environmental Management (Washington, D.C.: Conservation Foundation, 1986).
Intergovernmental climate policy development and implementation, with particular focus on policy diffusion and regionalization; comparative federalism and climate policy in North America and Europe; renewable energy politics and policy in North America; federalism and environmental policy development in the United States and Canada; comparative governance of nanotechnology; public opinion on climate, energy and environmental protection.
Barry Rabe is a Professor of Public Policy in the Ford School and also holds appointments in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Program in the Environment. He is a non-resident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Much of his recent research examines state and regional development of policies to reduce greenhouse gases, which has been conducted in collaboration with the Brookings Institution, the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. In 2006, Rabe became the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of his contribution to both scholarship and policy making. His 2004 Brookings book, Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Evolving Politics of American Climate Change Policy, received the 2005 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of the best book published on environmental politics and policy in the past three years.
Rabe has also written extensively about such topics as nuclear and hazardous waste management, cross-border and cross-media transfer of pollutants in federal regulatory systems, and the conditions necessary to achieve intergovernmental cooperation in the implementation of federal grant and regulatory programs. During the 2008-09 year, he was a visiting professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he organized the National Conference on Climate Governance and edited a series of subsequent publications. In 2004, he completed a ten-year term as editor of the American Governance and Public Policy book series for Georgetown University Press. At Michigan, he previously served as Director of the Program in the Environment and as Interim Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. In 2007, he received the Daniel Elazar Award for Career Contribution to the Study of Federalism from the American Political Science Association. In 2009, he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
American Political Science Association (Chair, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section); Midwest Political Science Association; Canadian Political Science Association; Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.
Editorial Boards: Political Research Quarterly; Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions; Review of Policy Studies, American Review of Canadian Studies.
- Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
- Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts
- School of Natural Resources and the Environment