I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I am also affiliated with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
I study comparative politics and comparative political economy of the high-income democracies with a focus on climate and energy policy. I’m interested in how governments, firms and voters think about and address long-term problems.
My thesis, Low carbon for the long term: The comparative political economy of climate policy investment, focuses on the role of political institutions and electoral incentives in structuring long-term climate policymaking within and between countries. I’m advised by David Soskice, Kai Spiekermann and Joachim Wehner.
I hold a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE and a MRes in Political Science from LSE.
Before my doctoral studies, I was a Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC where I worked on climate policy design and evaluation, particularly related to measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).
You can contact me at j.finnegan[at]lse.ac.uk.