Dr. Sven Rudolph is Associate Professor for Contemporary Economics in English at Kyoto University, Japan. He has intensively studied the political economy of cap-and-trade schemes in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan, published three books on carbon pricing, and a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on related subjects. Sven has also worked as campaigner for Friends of the Earth German (BUND) and policy advisor to the German government.

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“Where Did All the Markets Go?”1 was a question prominent amongst environmental economists in the 1990s when they realized the lack of market-based approaches in environmental policy practice with despair. The neoclassical economic theory of politics – or Public Choice –answered that question by claiming a “market tendency for the political …

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