Security and Climate Change: International Relations and the Limits of Realism

Security and Climate Change: International Relations and the Limits of Realism

by Mark Lacy

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Overview

This new book explains why the international community has responded with a sense of fatalistic passivity to climate change.

It presents a distinct critique of realism through the study of this topic, commonly overlooked in international relations. The author argues that the realist view rests on a dangerous contradiction; far from delivering security it serves to limit the way we think about the new generation of risks we face. The book also provides a detailed case study evaluating US climate politics under the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415460040
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Environmental Politics Series
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Dr Mark J. Lacy is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Tragedy of Realism 2. The World is a Laboratory: Climate Change and Hierarchies of (In)Security 3. Illusions of Realism: Techno-Optimism, Realist Strategies and Think-Tanks 4. Mearsheimer and the Vicious Circle: Networks of Realism, Climate Change and the Clinton Administration 5. Conclusion: Moral (In)Security and the Limits of Realism

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