Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Domestic Environmental Politics

University of Essex

Political Science


Prof. Federica Genovese

Undergraduate seminar

This module offers a comprehensive introduction to the understanding of the domestic politics of environmental problems in a comparative (cross-national as well
as sub-national) perspective. The module begins by examining domestic views on the state of the environment and possible paths along which these views might change. We then move on to consider environmental politics at various different levels of political behaviour and organisation, starting with individual-level values, before moving up the organized politics of the environmental movement, interest groups, political parties, governmental institutions and courts. At each level we consider what drives approaches to the environment and what the consequences of those approaches are for political organisation and action.