Climate Change and Social Policy

Journal Articles​:

Gough, Ian (2020) The Case for Universal Basic Services. LSE Public Policy Review, 1(2), p.6.  DOI: 


Gough, Ian (2019) Universal Basic Services: a theoretical and moral framework. Political Quarterly, 90 (3). 534 - 542. ISSN 0032-3179

Gough, Ian (2017) Recomposing consumption: defining necessities for sustainable and equitable well-being. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375 (issue 2095).

Gough, Ian (2016) Welfare states and environmental states: a comparative analysis. Environmental Politics, 25:1, pp. 1-24.


Gough, Ian (2015) Climate change and sustainable welfare: the centrality of human needs. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39:5, pp. 1191–1214.


Gough, Ian (2015) The political economy of prevention. British Journal of Political Science, 45 (2). pp. 307-327.


Gough, Ian (2015) Can growth be green? International Journal of Health Services, 45 (3). pp. 443-452.

Gough, Ian (2015) The political economy of prevention. British Journal of Political Science, 45 (2). pp. 307-327. ISSN 0007-1234

Gough, Ian (2013) Climate change, social policy, and global governance.Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29 (3). pp. 185-203.

Gough, Ian (2013) Carbon mitigation policies, distributional dilemmas and social policies. Journal of Social Policy, 42 (2). pp. 191-213.










Book chapters:


Gough, Ian (2019) Necessities and luxuries: how to combine redistribution with sustainable consumption. In: Meadowcroft, James, Banister, David, Holden, Erling, Langhelle, Oluf, Linnerud, Kristin and Gilpin, Geoffrey, (eds.) What Next for Sustainable Development?: Our Common Future at Thirty. Social and Political Science 2019. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 138-158. ISBN 9781788975193

Gough, Ian and Meadowcroft, James (2011) Decarbonizing the welfare state. In: Dryzek, John S., Norgaard, Richard B. and Schlosberg, David, (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Oxford handbooks in politics & international relations. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 490-503. ISBN 9780199566600

Gough, Ian (2015) If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here. In: Hay, Colin and Payne, Anthony, (eds.) Civic Capitalism. Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. 76-83.


Gough, Ian (2013) Climate change and public policy futures. In: Taylor-Gooby, Peter, (ed.) New Paradigms in Public Policy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.


Gough, Ian (2014) Climate change and sustainable welfare: an argument for the centrality of human needs. CASEpapers (182). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Gough, Ian (2011) Climate change, double injustice and social policy: a case study of the United Kingdom. UNRISD Ocassional paper (1). United Nations Research Institute for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 9789290850830


Gough, Ian, Abdallah, Saamah, Johnson, Viki, Ryan-Collins, Josh and Smith, Cindy (2011) The distribution of total embodied greenhouse gas emissions by households in the UK, and some implications for social policy. CASEpapers (CASE/152). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


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Doyal, L. and Gough, I. (1991)A Theory of Human Need. Macmillan Press.

Winner of the Deutscher prize 1992 and the Myrdal prize 1992
'What is important and original (and doubtless in the eyes of some, presumptuous) about their project is that it not only tells us what our basic needs are (those of health and autonomy), but offers empirical criteria for the meeting of these goals' Kate Soper, New Left Review.

​Link to first few chapters here