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Joshua Basseches

Area(s) of Interest

Political Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Public Policy (especially energy and climate policy); Social Movements and Interest Groups; Legislative Process and Procedures; U.S. State Politics; Sociology of Law; Comparative-Historical Sociology

Current Research:

My current project examines the politics of energy and climate policymaking at the state level, which, in the U.S. context, is where the action has been. I look at the ways in which state legislators, executive branch administrators, social movements, and a range of other public and private interest groups shape the content of the policies that emerge from state capitals.


2021 (Forthcoming). "Coalitions that Clash: California's Climate Leadership and the Perpetuation of Environmental Inequality." Research in Political Sociology. First author, with Kaitlyn Rubinstein and Sarah Kulaga.

2020 (Forthcoming). “California Cap-and-Trade: History, Design, Effectiveness,” in Contesting Carbon, William G. Holt (editor). Routledge.

2019.  "'It Happened Behind Closed Doors:’ Legislative Buffering as an Informal Mechanism of Political Mediation.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 24(3).

2018. “How Investor-Owned Utilities Can be Induced to Support Reforms to Mitigate Climate Change.” Scholars Strategy Network Policy Brief:

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