Politics of climate change / Anthony Giddens.

by Giddens, AnthonyLooking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2009.Description: viii, 264 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780745646930; 9780745646923; 0745646921; 074564693X.Subject(s): Climatic changes -- Political aspectsLooking glass | Climatic changes -- Government policyLooking glass | Energy policyLooking glass | Security, InternationalLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (page 231 - 251) and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"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.

Includes bibliographical references (page 231 - 251) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 Climate Change, Risk and Danger (p. 17)
  • 2 Running Out, Running Down? (p. 35)
  • 3 The Greens and After (p. 49)
  • 4 The Track Record So Far (p. 73)
  • 5 A Return to Planning? (p. 91)
  • 6 Technologies and Taxes (p. 129)
  • 7 The Politics of Adaptation (p. 162)
  • 8 International Negotiations, the EU and Carbon Markets (p. 182)
  • 9 The Geopolitics of Climate Change (p. 203)
  • Afterword (p. 227)
  • Notes (p. 231)
  • References (p. 243)
  • Index (p. 253)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist, was educated at Hull, the London School of Economics, and Cambridge, and is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His interests have been varied, but they tend to focus on questions related to the macro-order. Much of his theoretical writing deals with stratification, class, and modernity. Although he has concentrated on dynamic issues of social structure, he has also examined how social psychological concerns are part of this broader order of human relations.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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