Global Environmental Policy

Keywords : climate justice, intergenerational justice, policy process, environmental awareness, governance for sustainability


Makoto USAMI, Professor

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In the laboratory of Global Environmental Policy, we explore normative and positive questions surrounding environmental problems and policies on local, national, regional, and global scales. On one hand, foundational topics are studied in the perspectives of legal and political philosophy. One group of these topics concerns the issue of global justice, in which it is asked, for instance, what principle should be adopted in distributing the benefits and burdens of climate change policy among individuals or states across the world. Another group has to do with intergenerational justice, which relates to the question of what are grounds for the obligation that the present generation might bear to future people. On the other hand, we also make empirical researches on models of policy process, policy transfer, implementation, compliance by businesses, and governance for sustainability, by using concepts, theories, and methods in policy analysis, political science, and law and society.

Topics of Research

  • Climate justice
  • Environmental problems and global justice
  • Environmental problems and intergenerational justice
  • Policy process, policy transfer
  • Implementation of environmental law, compliance by businesses
  • Governance for sustainability