The Promises and Pitfalls of Taxing Carbon

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Tuesday 1 Dec 2020, 16:00

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Tuesday 1 Dec 2020, 22:00

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Taxing carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions has been proposed for decades as an effective strategy to reorient supply and demand economics toward environmental sustainability. What is the best way to implement a carbon tax, what are the possible gains and what risks must we be aware of?

Increasing carbon efficiency is one of the goals of a carbon tax, which meshes well with ecological modernization theses. Yet, carbon taxation also fits into larger social and environmental justice frameworks, which aim to reconfigure power relations and address the disproportionate externalities to which marginalized groups are routinely exposed. Because of their malleability, carbon taxes are lauded as an essential means for responding to the climate crisis by a diverse array of actors and organizations, from the progressive Citizens Climate Lobby to the carbon giant ExxonMobil. As this suggests, the effectiveness of carbon taxation has everything to do with how it is formulated and implemented.

Scholars in political science, philosophy, law, economics, and related fields are invited to send in abstract-length proposals. The Call for Papers is available below.

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This fully virtual, international conference is hosted by the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the Instituto de Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.