Policy Paper: “Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: Stimulus Packages and the Green New Deal” by Patricia Reid

Policy Paper: “Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: Stimulus Packages and the Green New Deal” by Patricia Reid

Working Policy Paper (August 2009) by Patricia Reid

This research was completed as part of an internship at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung, IÖW) in Berlin, Germany, under the supervision of Ulrich Petschow. The internship was made possible by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue. Additional supervision was provided by Prof. Kurt Hübner of the University of British Columbia.

This policy brief looks to examine the extent to which North American and European countries have used the opportunity offered by the economic crisis in order to introduce measures to combat climate change and to promote a “Green New Deal.” In particular, it will break down the stimulus packages of Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) in order to determine which measures can be considered green and whether or not these measures can be considered a Green New Deal. The brief is structured as follows: first, an overview of the concept

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