The rise of anti-net zero populism in the UK: comparing rhetorical strategies for climate policy dismantling

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Abstract

This article explores a backlash against the net zero greenhouse gas emissions target within the UK. We introduce the term ‘anti-net zero populism’ to analyse ideological and opportunistic counter-movements working to undermine climate policy. We build a conceptual framework based on the literatures on ‘policy dismantling’ and ‘discursive opportunity structures’, to analyse how right-wing populists seek to undermine the net zero goal and dismantle policies. We compare these efforts across six specific policy areas involved in pursuing net zero. Overall, we contribute to understanding the roles of discourse for policy dismantling, and the comparative strategies pursued to undermine net zero.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Early online date23 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • UK climate policy
  • populism
  • backlash
  • discursive opportunity structures
  • comparative analysis of policy dismantling

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Consumption Institute

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