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David R. Mayhew

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215700

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215700.001.0001

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The Climate and the Debt

The Climate and the Debt

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(p.83) 6 The Climate and the Debt
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The Imprint of Congress
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David R. Mayhew

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215700.003.0007

This chapter examines two major impulses of transnational incidence that have action blotters extending back decades: climate change and long-run deficit. Current evidence shows how it is not clear that peer countries are actually digging their teeth much deeper into climate change than the Americans. In a 2014 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, the U.S. ranked fifteenth in climate-control progress. Meanwhile, American remedial action regarding debt/deficit has apparently stood up well as compared to others. As of 2011, the United States ranked thirteenth in public debt as a percentage of GDP in a comparison set of thirty-one peer countries. Given the trends, this American near-averageness does not point to a carefree future.

Keywords:   climate change, long-run deficit, transnationalism, peer countries, OECD, climate control, public debt, GDP

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