Dr Robert Macneil

BA, MA York University, PhD University of Ottawa
Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5081

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Biographical details

Robert joined the Department of Government and International Relations in 2013, prior to which he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses broadly on the intersection of environmental politics and neoliberalism. His current research project (entitled The Climate Politics of Wealthy Laggard States) focuses on the political, economic, cultural, and institutional origins of climate policy in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Research interests

  • Environmental politics
  • Climate change
  • Energy politics
  • Neoliberalism
  • Innovation policy
  • International Political Economy
  • US/Canadian politics

Teaching and supervision

  • GOVT2228 - Environmental Politics
  • GOVT3995 - Topics in Environmental Politics
  • GOVT6135 - Global Environmental Politics

Current Research Students

Student:Janetta McKenzie

Thesis title:Securitizing the Externalities of Climate Change: A Comparative Analysis of British and American Policy Development

Student:Angelus Morningstar

Thesis title:Prometheus Reborn: How to Love Your Monsters in the Anthropocene

Invited Lectures and Seminars

MacNeil, R. 2016. “Understanding the Canadian Position at the Paris Climate Summit”. East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 2016.

MacNeil, R. 2015. “Conceptualizing State (In)action on Human Rights and the Environment”. United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Suva, Fiji, November 2015.

MacNeil, R. 2015. “Named and Shamed on Climate Change: Comparing Canada and Australia”. Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, October 2015.

MacNeil, R. 2014. “Explaining Canadian Inaction on Climate Policy”. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, October 2014.

MacNeil, R. 2014. “Varieties of National Climate Capitalism: Patterns of Research, Development and Subsidies”. University of Toronto, Canada, July 2014.

MacNeil, R. 2014. “Why Market Environmentalism Fails in Liberal Market Economies”. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, January 2014.

MacNeil, R. 2013. “Camouflage is the New Green: The US Military and Clean Energy Innovation”. University of California, Berkeley, California, April 2013.

MacNeil, R. 2012. “Neoliberalism and Climate Policy in the United States”. University of California, Berkeley, California, April 2012.

MacNeil, R. 2012. “Varieties of Neoliberalisms, Varieties of Approaches”. York University, Toronto, Canada, February 2012.

Selected publications

  • Neoliberalism and Climate Policy in the United States

    Neoliberalism and Climate Policy in the United States (Routledge, 2017)

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Books

  • MacNeil, R. (2017). Neoliberalism and Climate Policy in the United States. United Kingdom: Routledge. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • MacNeil, R. (2014). Climate Policy, Energy Technologies, and the American Developmental State. In Neil E. Harrison and John Mikler (Eds.), Climate Innovation: Liberal Capitalism and Climate Change, (pp. 45-71). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • MacNeil, R. (2017). Between Innovation and Industrial Policy: How Washington Succeeds and Fails at Renewable Energy. Prometheus (Abingdon). [More Information]
  • Lachapelle, E., MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2017). The Political Economy of Decarbonisation: From Green Energy 'Race' to Green 'Division of Labour'. New Political Economy, In Press, 1-17. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2016). Death and Environmental Taxes: Why Market Environmentalism Fails in Liberal Market Economies. Global Environmental Politics, 16(1), 21-37. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2016). This changes everything? Canadian climate policy and the 2015 election. Environmental Politics, 25(3), 553-557. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2014). Canadian environmental policy under Conservative majority rule. Environmental Politics, 23(1), 174-178. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2014). The Decline of Canadian Environmental Regulation: Neoliberalism and the Staples Bias. Studies in Political Economy: a socialist review, 93(Spring), 79-104.
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). Alternative climate policy pathways in the US. Climate Policy, 13(2), 259-276. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). Seeding an Energy Technology Revolution in the United States: Re-conceptualising the Nature of Innovation in 'Liberal-Market Economies'. New Political Economy, 18(1), 64-88. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2012). Neoliberal climate policy: from market fetishism to the developmental state. Environmental Politics, 21(2), 230-247. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2011). Economic Thought and US Climate Change Policy. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29(5).
  • MacNeil, R. (2011). Greenhouse Governance: Addressing Climate Change in America. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 13(4), 447-449. [More Information]

Conferences

  • MacNeil, R. (2017). Between Innovation and Industrial Policy: How Washington Succeeds and Fails at Renewable Energy. Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois USA: Midwestern Political Science Association.
  • MacNeil, R., Lachapelle, E., Paterson, M. (2016). The Political Economy of Decarbonisation: From Green Energy 'Race' to Green 'Global Division of Labour'. International Studies Association – Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong.
  • MacNeil, R. (2015). Why Market Environmentalism Fails in Liberal Market Economies: A Case Study of Australia, Canada, and the United States. Earth Systems Governance Forum, Canberra.
  • MacNeil, R., Lachapelle, E., Paterson, M. (2014). Varieties of National Climate Capitalism: Patterns of Research, Development, and Energy Related Subsidies. Earth Systems Governance Forum 2014, Norwich, UK.
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). Canadian Climate Policy as Organized Crime: The Rise of Resource-Neoliberalism. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). The Political Innovation of Renewable Energy: Towards an Understanding of State-led Creative Destruction. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2012). Seeding an Energy Technology Revolution in the United States: Re-Conceptualizing the Nature of Innovation in 'Liberal Market Economies'. 53rd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, United States of America: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2012). The Case of the United States: Outlier or Archetype of the Neoliberal Development model? Book Project Workshop. 53rd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, United States of America: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2011). Neoliberal Climate Policy: From Market Fetishism to Developmental State. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2011, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • MacNeil, R. (2011). Varieties of Neoliberalisms, Varieties of Approaches. 8th Annual Political Science Graduate Student Research Conference, Berkley, California, USA.
  • MacNeil, R. (2010). Redefining Public and Private in the Response to Climate Change. 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention ISA 2010, United States: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2010). Socializing Crisis in an Era of State Retrenchment: The Case of Climate Policy. 4th Annual Great Lakes Conference in Political Economy, Ottawa, Canada.
  • MacNeil, R. (2009). It's Not the Heat, It's the Hubris: American Climate Policy and the Green Backlash. 16th Annual Conference of the York Centre for International and Security Studies, Toronto, Canada.
  • MacNeil, R. (2009). State and Capital Responses to Climate Crisis: An Introduction to the Eco-Industrial Complex. 50th International Studies Association Annual Conference ISA 2009, United States: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2008). And What if there was No Environmental State? Critical Reflections on Capitalism's Second Contradiction. Conference on Openness and Sustainability 2008, Helsingborg, Sweden.

2017

  • MacNeil, R. (2017). Between Innovation and Industrial Policy: How Washington Succeeds and Fails at Renewable Energy. Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois USA: Midwestern Political Science Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2017). Between Innovation and Industrial Policy: How Washington Succeeds and Fails at Renewable Energy. Prometheus (Abingdon). [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2017). Neoliberalism and Climate Policy in the United States. United Kingdom: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Lachapelle, E., MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2017). The Political Economy of Decarbonisation: From Green Energy 'Race' to Green 'Division of Labour'. New Political Economy, In Press, 1-17. [More Information]

2016

  • MacNeil, R. (2016). Death and Environmental Taxes: Why Market Environmentalism Fails in Liberal Market Economies. Global Environmental Politics, 16(1), 21-37. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R., Lachapelle, E., Paterson, M. (2016). The Political Economy of Decarbonisation: From Green Energy 'Race' to Green 'Global Division of Labour'. International Studies Association – Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong.
  • MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2016). This changes everything? Canadian climate policy and the 2015 election. Environmental Politics, 25(3), 553-557. [More Information]

2015

  • MacNeil, R. (2015). Why Market Environmentalism Fails in Liberal Market Economies: A Case Study of Australia, Canada, and the United States. Earth Systems Governance Forum, Canberra.

2014

  • MacNeil, R. (2014). Canadian environmental policy under Conservative majority rule. Environmental Politics, 23(1), 174-178. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2014). Climate Policy, Energy Technologies, and the American Developmental State. In Neil E. Harrison and John Mikler (Eds.), Climate Innovation: Liberal Capitalism and Climate Change, (pp. 45-71). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • MacNeil, R. (2014). The Decline of Canadian Environmental Regulation: Neoliberalism and the Staples Bias. Studies in Political Economy: a socialist review, 93(Spring), 79-104.
  • MacNeil, R., Lachapelle, E., Paterson, M. (2014). Varieties of National Climate Capitalism: Patterns of Research, Development, and Energy Related Subsidies. Earth Systems Governance Forum 2014, Norwich, UK.

2013

  • MacNeil, R. (2013). Alternative climate policy pathways in the US. Climate Policy, 13(2), 259-276. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). Canadian Climate Policy as Organized Crime: The Rise of Resource-Neoliberalism. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). Seeding an Energy Technology Revolution in the United States: Re-conceptualising the Nature of Innovation in 'Liberal-Market Economies'. New Political Economy, 18(1), 64-88. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2013). The Political Innovation of Renewable Energy: Towards an Understanding of State-led Creative Destruction. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.

2012

  • MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2012). Neoliberal climate policy: from market fetishism to the developmental state. Environmental Politics, 21(2), 230-247. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R. (2012). Seeding an Energy Technology Revolution in the United States: Re-Conceptualizing the Nature of Innovation in 'Liberal Market Economies'. 53rd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, United States of America: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2012). The Case of the United States: Outlier or Archetype of the Neoliberal Development model? Book Project Workshop. 53rd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, United States of America: International Studies Association.

2011

  • MacNeil, R. (2011). Economic Thought and US Climate Change Policy. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29(5).
  • MacNeil, R. (2011). Greenhouse Governance: Addressing Climate Change in America. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 13(4), 447-449. [More Information]
  • MacNeil, R., Paterson, M. (2011). Neoliberal Climate Policy: From Market Fetishism to Developmental State. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2011, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • MacNeil, R. (2011). Varieties of Neoliberalisms, Varieties of Approaches. 8th Annual Political Science Graduate Student Research Conference, Berkley, California, USA.

2010

  • MacNeil, R. (2010). Redefining Public and Private in the Response to Climate Change. 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention ISA 2010, United States: International Studies Association.
  • MacNeil, R. (2010). Socializing Crisis in an Era of State Retrenchment: The Case of Climate Policy. 4th Annual Great Lakes Conference in Political Economy, Ottawa, Canada.

2009

  • MacNeil, R. (2009). It's Not the Heat, It's the Hubris: American Climate Policy and the Green Backlash. 16th Annual Conference of the York Centre for International and Security Studies, Toronto, Canada.
  • MacNeil, R. (2009). State and Capital Responses to Climate Crisis: An Introduction to the Eco-Industrial Complex. 50th International Studies Association Annual Conference ISA 2009, United States: International Studies Association.

2008

  • MacNeil, R. (2008). And What if there was No Environmental State? Critical Reflections on Capitalism's Second Contradiction. Conference on Openness and Sustainability 2008, Helsingborg, Sweden.

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