Politics of Climate Change

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Polity, May 5, 2009 - Political Science - 264 pages
"A landmark study in the struggle to contain climate change, the greatest challenge of our era. I urge everyone to read it."
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America

Climate change differs from any other problem that, as collective humanity, we face today. If it goes unchecked, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic for human life on earth. Yet for most people, and for many policy-makers too, it tends to be a 'back of the mind' issue. We recognise its importance and even its urgency, but for the most part it is swamped by more immediate concerns. Politicians have woken up to the dangers, but at the moment their responses are mainly on the level of gesture rather than being, as they have to be, both concrete and radical.

Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, is going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming, as well as how we adapt to that already occurring. At the moment, however, Anthony Giddens argues controversially, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change. Politics-as-usual won't allow us to deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the main challenger to orthodox politics, the green movement, are flawed at source. Giddens introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

This book is likely to become a classic in the field. It will be of appeal to everyone concerned about how we can cope with what amounts to a crisis for our civilisation.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 CLIMATE CHANGE RISK AND DANGER
17
2 RUNNING OUT RUNNING DOWN?
35
3 THE GREENS AND AFTER
49
4 THE TRACK RECORD SO FAR
73
5 A RETURN TO PLANNING?
91
6 TECHNOLOGIES AND TAXES
129
7 THE POLITICS OF ADAPTATION
162
8 INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS THE EU AND CARBON MARKETS
182
9 THE GEOPOLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
203
AFTERWORD
227
NOTES
231
REFERENCES
243
INDEX
253
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Anthony Giddens is the former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is now a member of the House of Lords. His many books include The Third Way and Europe in the Global Age.

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