Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

Whither American climate policy? Lessons from the Trump presidency and state policy engagement

Date & time

Dec 9, 2020, 12:00-1:30 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Free and open to the public.

Join us for a conversation between Professor Barry Rabe and Dr. Joshua Basseches about Rabe's newest book, Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism, as well as Basseches' ongoing research on the politics of U.S. state-level climate and energy policy. Rabe and Basseches will discuss a wide range of topics, including reflections on what to expect going forward given the outcome of the recent election.

This event is part of the North American Colloquium and hosted by the Ford School. The event is co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution Press and the International Policy Center. 

The 2020-21 North American Colloquium is organized by Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the Center for Research on North American at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The objective of the Colloquium is to provide a forum that strengthens a wider North American conversation and more fruitful trilateral cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Sign up for more information about the 2020-21 Colloquium here.

From the speakers' bios

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School. He is also the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, with courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Political Science, and the School for Environment and Sustainability. A non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Barry directed the Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) from 2012-2019 and was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2015. His research examines climate and energy politics, and his last book, Can We Price Carbon? (MIT Press) was released in 2018. He has received four awards for his research from the American Political Science Association, including the 2017 Martha Derthick Award for long-standing impact in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations. In recent years, Barry has chaired the Assumable Waters Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has served on recent National Academy of Public Administration panels examining the Departments of Commerce and Interior as well as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He is currently a member of the U-M Carbon Neutrality Commission.

Joshua Basseches is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ford School. He earned his PhD in Sociology this past summer from Northwestern University, where his dissertation analyzed patterns of divergence and similarity in U.S. state-level climate and renewable energy policies -- focusing on California, Massachusetts and Oregon as in-depth case studies. He is especially interested in the roles of business actors in shaping these policies, with a particular focus on investor-owned utilities, which his dissertation finds to be the single most influential actor in contests over policy design. He also has interests and expertise in the topics of environmental justice, political inequality, and state-level political institutions. His research has appeared in Mobilization: An International Quarterly and Research in Political Sociology, among other outlets.