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Causes and Impacts of Deficient Liability for Climate Change Damage, and an Economic Conception for Climate Change Liability That Supports Appropriate Action: DRaCULA

Sacha Rene Meckler

Ecological Economics, 2017, vol. 135, issue C, 288-298

Abstract: To gain an understanding of the issues with environmental liability attribution, both international law and the implicit liability under the UNFCCC are reviewed, and found to be ineffective. This stems from a neoliberal marginalisation of international law and tendency to externalise liability resulting in accountability gaps, which pose major challenges for the climate regime. A socially efficient economic reframing of liability into a Dynamically Relative, and Comparatively Universal Liability Attribution (DRaCULA) framework is proposed. The attribution of liability for climate change damages under DRaCULA is algebraically developed into a conceptual model, the operation of the conceptual model is discussed and together with the framework found to be robust. Through its embodiment of the dynamic challenges inherent in climate change, DRaCULA strategically facilitates the climate negotiations and provides credible solutions to stumbling blocks, including the N-S divide.

Keywords: Climate change; Liability; Negotiations; Facilitation; Economic; Accountability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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