Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2010

Climate-Resilient Industrial Development Paths: Design Principles and Alternative Models

Lyuba Zarsky

February 2010

Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University


Zarsky compares three distinct development models and suggests that the so-called "new developmentalist" model, with its overarching objective of building endogenous productive capacity and a strong role for government in industrial development, make it the most robust of the three models as a starting point for the design of climate-resilient development paths. Without these two elements, it is highly unlikely that developing economies will develop on a low-carbon trajectory or significantly reduce their vulnerability to intensifying climate instability. Much additional work is needed, however, to develop the theory and praxis of climate-resilient development paths.