Graduate Program in International Affairs
Spring semester, 2009
Instructor: Marilyn Power
1.Jonathan M. Harris, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Second edition;
2. Jeff Goodell, Big Coal;
3. Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil.
Additional readings will be available on-line.
1. Attendance and participation in class discussion;
2. Two take-home essay assignments;
3. A 10-15 page research paper, focusing on a particular environmental issue, or an
environmental policy debate.
1. Introduction: Economists on global warming, valuing the present/valuing the future (1 class)
Nicholas Stern, Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change, “Summary of
Conclusions” (Google under Stern Review);
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Revised draft decision, Bali,
3-14 Dec. 2007 (Google);
Tom Athanasiou, “Where do we go from here? The Bali meeting, and the lessons
learned,” Grist.org (Google).
2. Sustainable development: conflicting definitions, conflicting strategies (1 class)
Harris, ch. 1, ch.7, pp.144-145;
Robert M. Solow, “Sustainability: An economist’s perspective” (e-reserve);
Choy Yee Keong, “Sustainable Development–An Institutional Enclave”, Journal of
Economic Issues, Dec. 2005 (ProQuest).
First assignment handed out.
3. The heart of the debate: managing the commons (1 class)
Garrett Hardin, “The Tragedy of the Commons” (available on Google);
Elinor Ostrom, “The Challenge of Common-Pool Resources”, Environment July/Aug.
2008, pp.8-22 (ProQuest);
John Kurien, “The Blessings of Commons: Small-Scale Fisheries, Common Property
Rights, and Coastal Natural Assets,” Political Economy Research Institute, 2004 (PERI
Working Paper Series Number 72) (Google).
4. Environmental Economics (2 classes)
Nicholas Stern, The Economics of Climate Change, ch.2 (Google).
5. Ecological Economics (2 classes)
The Precautionary Principle (psrast.org/precaut.htm; or Google)
Frank Ackerman and Kevin Gallagher, “Getting the Prices Wrong: The Limits of Market-
based Environmental Policy”, Global Development and Environment Institute Working
Paper 00-05, Oct. 2000 (Google);
6. Political Economics of the Environment (1 class)
John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, Richard York, “Ecology: The Moment of Truth–an
Introduction,” Monthly Review, July/Aug 2008, pp.1-11 (ProQuest);
Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom, ch.4,7 (e-mailed by professor).
Second assignment handed out.
Applying the theory: Climate Policy and Sustainable Development
7. Mitigation of greenhouse gases: how, how much, who pays (1 class)
Harris, ch. 13, 18;
Jonathan Harris and Brian Roach, “The Economics of Global Climate Change” (on-line
up-date of ch. 18), GDAE;
Jonathan M. Harris, “Ecological Macroeconomics: Consumption, Investment, and
Climate Change” GDAE, July 2008.
8. The Clean Development Mechanism: controversies and possibilities (1 class)
Alexander Bozmoski, Maria Carmen Lemos, Emily Boyd, “Prosperous Negligence:
Governing the Clean Development Mechanism for Markets and Development”,
Environment, May/June 2008, pp.18-28;
Patrick Nussbaumer, “On the Contribution of Labelled Certified Emission Reductions to
Sustainable Development”, Energy Policy, 37 (2009), pp. 91-101 (Science Direct).
9. Adaptation: urgent and underemphasized (1 class)
Nicholas Stern, The Economics of Climate Change, ch. 18-20 (Google);
Framl Biermann and Ingrid Boas, “Protecting Climate Refugees: the Case for a Global
Protocol”, Environment, Nov./Dec. 2009, pp.8-17 (ProQuest).
10. Political economy of energy: the case of coal (2 classes)
Jeff Goodell, Big Coal.
Research papers due May 6.
11. Creating a new/old model? (1 class)
Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil