Scholars – What is political will?
Environmentalists are fond of saying that we have all the technology we need to address climate change — all we lack is political will. They say it so often it has become a running joke among cynical climate journalists. Everything’s in place except that one little element! Soon as somebody tackles that, we’re golden. But what exactly is political will? How do you make it? How do you know when you have it?
In our polarized presidential system, is there’s plenty of political will and even so, can either of the sides muster enough political will around their goals to decisively claim political legitimacy and overcome the array of veto players in the system? In such circumstances, “we have everything we need except political will” is cold comfort. That’s the hardest thing to get. [Vox]