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Pathologies of Climate Governance. International Relations, National Politics and Human Nature

Paul G. Harris 2021. Pathologies of Climate Governance International Relations, National Politics and Human Nature. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108437530

Abstract

Earth’s climate is in crisis. Climate governance has failed. This book diagnoses climate governance as if it were a sick patient, uncovering the fundamental factors causing the worsening climate crisis. It distills decades of global climate negotiations to reveal the features of international relations that are impeding climate action, and it identifies political obstacles to climate governance across a variety of countries in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The psychosocial aspects of climate change are explored to show how human nature, overconsumption, and global capitalism conspire to stymy climate action. Remedies are suggested for how to overcome hurdles to effective climate governance internationally and nationally, with ideas provided for individuals to help them align their own interests with those of the global environment. Covering all of the major recent events in climate politics and governance, this is an accessible book for concerned readers who want to understand the climate crisis.

  • Identifies the fundamental reasons for the worsening climate crisis and the failure to govern it more effectively
  • Investigates factors behind the climate crisis which are sources of, and obstacles to, effective governance, including international relations, national politics and human nature
  • Highlights the big issues and ideas which influence climate governance, cutting through the complex science, politics, and policy to provide an accessible read

 

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