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Daniel Driscoll

University of Virginia

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United States
North America

Daniel Driscoll is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He has held visiting researcher positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, France. He specializes in the political economy of climate change and decarbonization. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Journal of Common Market Studies, Comparative Politics, and Social Science Quarterly. His research has received external funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Institute of European Studies. He is currently finishing a book titled Why Carbon Taxes Failed.

Country(ies) of Specialty

France Italy United States

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics History Fossil fuels Social movements

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2024. Comparative Green Advantage: Growth Regimes and Public Investment in Renewable Energy R&D. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 62(1): 285-294.

2023. Representation and Displacement: Labor Disembedding and Contested Neoliberalism in France. Comparative Politics 55(3): 377-400. (with Mark Vail & Sara Watson)

2023. Populism and Carbon Tax Justice: The Yellow Vest Movement in France. Social Problems 70(1): 143-163.

2022. Just Who Gets Paid-Off in a ‘Just’ Transition?” in Making the great turnaround work: economic policy for a green and just transition, Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation, pp. 97-104. (with Mark Blyth)

2021. Drivers of Carbon Price Adoption in Wealthy Democracies: International or Domestic Forces? Socius 7:1-11.

2020. When Ignoring the News and Going Hiking Can Help You Save the World: Environmental Activist Strategies for Persistence. Sociological Forum 35(1):189–206.

2020. Do Carbon Prices Limit Economic Growth? Socius 6:1-3.

2019. Assessing Sociodemographic Predictors of Climate Change Concern, 1994-2016. Social Science Quarterly 100(5):1699–1708.

2018. Beyond Organizational Ties: Foundations of Persistent Commitment in Environmental Activism. Social Movement Studies 17(6):697–715.


2024. “Growth and Decarbonization: National Capacities Meet Global Imperatives.” Forthcoming in Growth strategies and welfare reforms: How nations cope with economic transitions, edited by A. Hassel and B. Palier. (with Mark Blyth)