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Joshua A. Basseches

Tulane University
United States
Email jbasseches[at] tulane [period/dot] edu

Joshua Basseches’ research focuses on energy and climate policy and politics in the U.S. states. He examines the roles of business interests, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations, and state-level policymakers in shaping the content of the policies that have emerged. Joshua is especially interested in the role of investor-owned utilities, and how the unique aspects of their business model and regulatory considerations affect their policy preferences when it comes to state-level renewable energy policy.

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Joshua A. Basseches, Nwamaka Ikenze. 2022. “The U.S.-Canada (Clean) Electricity Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities in Policy Design and Coordination,” North American Colloquium (NAC) on Climate Policy, Invited Paper Series (March 2022).

Joshua A. Basseches,  Rebecca Bromley‑Trujillo, Maxwell T. Boykoff, Trevor Culhane, Galen Hall, Noel Healy, David J. Hess, David Hsu, Rachel M. Krause, Harland Prechel, J. Timmons Roberts, Jennie C. Stephens. 2022. Climate policy conflict in the U.S. states: a critical review and way forward, Climatic Change, 170(3-4).

Joshua A. Basseches. Forthcoming. “California Cap-and-Trade: History, Design, Effectiveness.” In Contesting Carbon,  Routledge (Forthcoming).

Joshua A. Basseches, Kaitlyn Rubinstein, and Sarah M. Kulaga. 2021. “Coalitions That Clash: California’s Climate Leadership and the Perpetuation of Environmental Inequality,” Research in Political Sociology (July 2021).

Joshua A. Basseches. 2019. “‘It Happened Behind Closed Doors:’ Legislative Buffering as an Informal Mechanism of Political Mediation,” Mobilization: An International Quarterly (September 2019).

Joshua A. Basseches. 2018. “How Investor-Owned Utilities Can Be Induced to Support Reforms to Mitigate Climate Change,” Scholars Strategy Network Policy Brief (December 2018).

Media Coverage

Washington will become second state to adopt cap-and-trade Law. But what happens next really matters,” by Joshua A. Basseches, Washington State Wire. April 29, 2021.

Joshua A. Basseches writes on why addressing utilities’ influence is essential to combatting climate change, “The key to making sound climate policy? Rein in (or win over) utilities monopolies,” Grist, March 2, 2021.

Joshua A. Basseches’ research on the shortcomings of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act discussed by Ben Hellerstein and others in 100% Renewable Is What’s Needed for Massachusetts,” Environment Massachusetts Blog, July 18, 2020.