Climate Change Justice

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Overview

"To attract broad participation from the major countries emitting greenhouse gases, both rich and poor, a climate change treaty has to be cost-effective and perceived as fair. In this book, while agreeing that fairness matters, Posner and Weisbach make a provocative case that fairness has been widely misunderstood."—Jonathan B. Wiener, Duke University

"This incisive book points the only way forward on climate change. Posner and Weisbach carefully weigh the arguments on a wide range of issues, from what policies have the strongest merit to how we should value the welfare of future generations. The analysis is provocative, judicious, and accessible. Read these pages. They will clarify your thinking."—Richard J. Zeckhauser, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"There is no challenge facing the world that combines the importance and the apparent intractability of the threat of global climate change. The central problem is the necessity of including all major emitting countries—both developed and developing—in a meaningful international agreement. This raises exceptionally difficult questions regarding distributional equity. Eric Posner and David Weisbach take on these questions, and in the process provide an excellent roadmap to the playing field, and—more important—some surprising and enlightening answers. This book should be on the must-read list of anyone seriously concerned about global climate policy."—Robert N. Stavins, professor and director, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements

"Taking a clear, unflinching, and rigorous approach, this book pierces simplistic views of climate change justice, and makes a strong case for addressing climate change and justice separately. It will change the debate."—Michael P. Vandenbergh, director of the Climate Change Research Network

"This is the most sustained and broad-gauged discussion of climate justice that I know of. Serious future debates about the subject will have to deal with this book and its arguments. It will interest general readers as well as specialists in climate policy."—Richard Stewart, author of Reconstructing Climate Policy: Beyond Kyoto

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Editorial Reviews

Concurring Opinions blog
[T]his book is a potent attack on an argument that is growing rapidly in popularity yet declining in clarity and focus. . . . Chapter 1 provides what must be one of the most comprehensive, comprehensible, and yet still succinct accounts of the science of anthropogenic climate change currently in print.
— Jamison E. Colburn
Australian Journal of Political Science
[B]y reflecting so clearly on the current 'economic consensus', Posner and Weisbach provide a useful introduction to the current state of play in climate change politics.
— Joy Paton
Sir; Financial Times - Crispin Tickell
Anyone taking part in the next round of climate negotiations in Mexico in December should take this book with them. It is . . . certainly a guide. Legislating for the future is always tricky. This area is trickier than most.
Concurring Opinions blog - Jamison E. Colburn
[T]his book is a potent attack on an argument that is growing rapidly in popularity yet declining in clarity and focus. . . . Chapter 1 provides what must be one of the most comprehensive, comprehensible, and yet still succinct accounts of the science of anthropogenic climate change currently in print.
Australian Journal of Political Science - Joy Paton
[B]y reflecting so clearly on the current 'economic consensus', Posner and Weisbach provide a useful introduction to the current state of play in climate change politics.
Financial Times - Sir Crispin Tickell
Anyone taking part in the next round of climate negotiations in Mexico in December should take this book with them. It is . . . certainly a guide. Legislating for the future is always tricky. This area is trickier than most.
From the Publisher
"Anyone taking part in the next round of climate negotiations in Mexico in December should take this book with them. It is . . . certainly a guide. Legislating for the future is always tricky. This area is trickier than most."—Sir Crispin Tickell, Financial Times

"[T]his book is a potent attack on an argument that is growing rapidly in popularity yet declining in clarity and focus. . . . Chapter 1 provides what must be one of the most comprehensive, comprehensible, and yet still succinct accounts of the science of anthropogenic climate change currently in print."—Jamison E. Colburn, Concurring Opinions blog

"[B]y reflecting so clearly on the current 'economic consensus', Posner and Weisbach provide a useful introduction to the current state of play in climate change politics."—Joy Paton, Australian Journal of Political Science

Financial Times
Anyone taking part in the next round of climate negotiations in Mexico in December should take this book with them. It is . . . certainly a guide. Legislating for the future is always tricky. This area is trickier than most.
— Sir Crispin Tickell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691137759
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Eric A. Posner and David Weisbach teach at the University of Chicago Law School.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: Ethically Relevant Facts and Predictions 10
Chapter 2: Policy Instruments 41
Chapter 3: Symbols, Not Substance 59
Chapter 4: Climate Change and Distributive Justice: Climate Change Blinders 73
Chapter 5: Punishing the Wrongdoers: A Climate Guilt Clause? 99
Chapter 6: Equality and the Case against Per Capita Permits 119
Chapter 7: Future Generations: The Debate over Discounting 144
Chapter 8: Global Welfare, Global Justice, and Climate Change 169
A Recapitulation 189
Afterword: The Copenhagen Accord 193
Notes 199
Index 219

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