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About the Series

Climate change is a defining issue of our times and poses enormous governance challenges for governments, firms, and nonprofits. What is less clear is how these organizations are dealing with climate change and the pressures for decarbonization. Are they resisting, reluctantly changing, or enthusiastically incorporating decarbonization in their internal governance systems and external advocacy? Is it business as usual with a new focus on climate issues, or are they incorporating transformative changes to take advantage of or protect themselves from the profound societal changes that decarbonization will bring about?

Organizations make different choices, and this series seeks to understand why and how they make these choices and with what consequence for the organization and the eco-system within which it functions. The Cambridge Element Series provides a platform for scholars to assess the climate response of different categories of organizations -- governments, firms, labor unions, and nonprofits. The typical manuscript will be about 20,000-25,000 words, written in an accessible format. It could focus on a single case, compare cases, or present accessible statistical analyses. These mini-books are distinct from review essays or various excellent handbooks that provide authoritative literature reviews on a given topic.

Our focus is to present evidence and analysis on organizational response to climate change in order to understand both the strengths and limitations of the organization’s climate strategies.

About the Editors

Aseem Prakash
is Professor of Political Science, the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Politics at University of Washington, Seattle. His recent awards include the American Political Science Association's 2020 Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award in recognition of "lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology, and environmental politics," the International Studies Association's 2019 Distinguished International Political Economy Scholar Award that recognizes "outstanding senior scholars whose influence and path-breaking intellectual work will continue to impact the field for years to come," and the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance's 2018 Regulatory Studies Development Award that recognizes a senior scholar who has made notable "contributions to the field of regulatory governance.


Jennifer Hadden is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.  She conducts research in international relations, environmental politics, network analysis, non-state actors and social movements. Her research has been published in various journals, including the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Politics, and Mobilization. Dr. Hadden's award-winning book, Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Global Climate Change, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, and others.  She held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations for the 2015-2016 academic year, supporting work on the Paris Climate Conference in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State.  

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David Konisky is Professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on U.S. environmental and energy policy, with particular emphasis on regulation, federalism and state politics, public opinion, and environmental justice. His research has been published in various journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Climatic Change, the Journal of Politics, Nature Energy, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He has authored or edited six books on environmental politics and policy, including Fifty Years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Progress, Retrenchment and Opportunities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020, with Jim Barnes and John D. Graham), Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government's Response to Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2015), and Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2014, with Steve Ansolabehere). Konisky’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Konisky is currently co-editor of Environmental Politics.


Matthew Potoski is a Professor at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He currently teaches courses on corporate environmental management, and his research focuses on management, voluntary environmental programs, and public policy. His research has appeared in business journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Business Strategy and the Environment, and the Journal of Cleaner Production, as well as public policy and management journals such as Public Administration Review and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  He co-authored The Voluntary Environmentalists (Cambridge, 2006) and Complex Contracting (Cambridge, 2014; the winner of the 2014 Best Book Award, American Society for Public Administration, Section on Public Administration Research) and was co-editor of Voluntary Programs (MIT, 2009). Professor Potoski is currently co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the International Public Management Journal.