Given her resignation last Friday, prime minister Theresa May’s promise to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050 has surprised many.
May’s “net zero” pledge contradicts treasury recommendations, and raises questions about how departing leaders should use their final moments.
Before the end of his tenure, US president Barack Obama passed a flurry of bills through—often by executive order.
But Donald Trump has since overturned or undercut much of his predecessor’s orders, underscoring the fragility of final-hour governance.
Having lost party and parliamentary support weeks ago, is May’s mandate strong enough to enforce such policies? And will they endure?
Or are exiting leaders’ efforts to bolster their legacy normal, beneficial even—injecting healthy dynamism into democratic processes?
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