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The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

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Climate change presents perhaps the most profound challenge ever confronted by human society. This volume is a definitive analysis drawing on the best thinking on questions of how climate change affects human systems, and how societies can, do, and should respond. Key topics covered include the history of the issues, social and political reception of climate science, the denial of that science by individuals and organized interests, the nature of the social disruptions caused by climate change, the economics of ...

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Overview

Climate change presents perhaps the most profound challenge ever confronted by human society. This volume is a definitive analysis drawing on the best thinking on questions of how climate change affects human systems, and how societies can, do, and should respond. Key topics covered include the history of the issues, social and political reception of climate science, the denial of that science by individuals and organized interests, the nature of the social disruptions caused by climate change, the economics of those disruptions and possible responses to them, questions of human security and social justice, obligations to future generations, policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and governance at local, regional, national, international, and global levels.

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"Climate change is about the relationship of society with nature and economy. It is also about the 'nature' of human society, our wants, needs and greed. But too little is said about this connection between science and society. This Handbook joins the dots, to bring a rich understanding of how society can 'fix' this existential challenge by 'fixing' itself first. Read it because you must."--Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

"This Handbook represents a valuable source of knowledge covering the science of climate change and vital impacts on society not only at the local level but globally. The value of this Handbook lies in the fact that it informs the public on why action by human society in dealing with climate change is critical and urgent."--R.K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

"The collection offers substantial value, of diverse character. Some pieces provide clear and economical introductions to some relevant body of scholarship; some provide cogent syntheses of some area of work; some advance a novel perspective or provocative thesis."--Climate Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199566600
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/15/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Dryzek, Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Professor of Political Science, Australian National University.,Richard B. Norgaard, Professor of Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley,David Schlosberg, Professor of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

John S. Dryzek is the author of a number of books on democracy and environmental politics. He is Professor of Political Science in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Australian National University, and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow.

Richard B. Norgaard is an eclectic ecological economist and Professor of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.

David Schlosberg's work focuses on environmental political theory, environmental justice, and environmental movements. He is Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Climate Change and Society: Approaches and Responses, John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and David Schlosberg
PART II: THE CHALLENGE AND ITS HISTORY
2. A Truly Complex and Diabolical Policy Problem, Will Steffen
3. The Nature of the Problem, Dale Jamieson
4. The Poverty of Climate Economics, Mark Sagoff
5. The Development of the Concept of Dangerous Anthropogenic Climate Change, Spencer Weart
6. Voices of Vulnerability: The Reconfiguration of Policy Discourses, Maarten A. Hajer and Wytske Versteeg
7. Environmentality, Timothy W. Luke
PART III: SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND PUBLIC OPINION
8. The Physical Sciences and Climate Politics, Hans von Storch, Armin Bunde, and Nico Stehr
9. Cosmopolitan Knowledge: Climate Science and Global Civic Epistemology, Sheila Jasanoff
10. Organized Climate Change Denial, Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright
11. Communicating Climate Change: Closing the Science-Action Gap, Susanne C. Moser and Lisa Dilling
PART IV: SOCIAL IMPACTS
12. Economic Estimates of the Damages Caused by Climate Change, Robert Mendelsohn
13. Weighing Climate Futures: A Critical Review of the Application of Economic Valuation, Richard B. Norgaard
14. Global Change Vulnerability Assessments: Definitions, Challenges, and Opportunities, Colin Polsky and Hallie Eakin
15. Health Hazards, Elizabeth G. Hanna
16. Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Losses, Robert Melchior Figueroa
PART V: SECURITY
17. Climate Change and "Security", Nils Gilman, Doug Randall, and Peter Schwartz
18. Human Security, Jon Barnett
19. Climate Refugees and Security: Conceptualizations, Categories, and Contestations, Timothy Doyle and Sanjay Chaturvedi
PART VI: JUSTICE
20. From Efficiency to Justice: Utility as the Informational Basis for Climate Strategies, and Some Alternatives, Simon Dietz
21. Climate Justice, Stephen M. Gardiner
22. International Justice, Paul Baer
23. Intergenerational Justice, Richard Howarth
PART VII: PUBLICS AND MOVEMENTS
24. Public Opinion and Participation, Matthew C. Nisbet
25. Social Movements and Global Civil Society, Ronnie D. Lipschutz and Corina McKendry
26. Transnational Climate Justice Solidarities, Paul Routledge
27. Climate Denial: Emotion, Psychology, Culture, and Political Economy, Kari Marie Norgaard
28. The Role of Religions in Activism, Laurel Kearns
PART VIII: GOVERNMENT RESPONSES
29. Comparing State Responses, Peter Christoff and Robyn Eckersley
30. Climate Change Politics in an Authoritarian State: The Ambivalent Case of China, Miranda A. Schreurs
31. Cities and Subnational Governments, Harriet Bulkeley
32. Issues of Scale in Climate Governance, Daniel A. Farber
33. Decarbonizing the Welfare State, Ian Gough and James Meadowcroft
34. Discourses of The Global South, Sivan Kartha
PART IX: POLICY INSTRUMENTS
35. Economic Policy Instruments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, David Harrison, Andrew Foss, Per Klevnas, and Daniel Radov
36. Policy Instruments in Practice, Andrew Jordan, David Benson, Rudiger Wurzel, and Anthony Zito
37. Carbon Trading: A Critique, Clive L. Spash
38. Redesigning Energy Systems, Mark Diesendorf
PART X: PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS
39. Corporate Responses, Simone Pulver
40. Is Green Consumption Part of the Solution?, Andrew Szasz
PART XI: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
41. Selling Carbon: From International Climate Regime to Global Carbon Market, Matthew Paterson
42. Improving the Performance of the Climate Regime: Insights from Regime Analysis, Oran R. Young
43. Reconceptualizing Global Governance, Paul G. Harris
44. The Role of International Law in Global Governance, Walter F. Baber and Robert V. Bartlett
PART XII: RECONSTRUCTION
45. The Democratic Legitimacy of Global Governance After Copenhagen, Karin Backstrand
46. New Actors and Mechanisms of Global Governance, Frank Biermann
47. Resilience, W. Neil Adger, Katrina Brown, and James Waters

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