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The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, David Schlosberg


Climate change presents perhaps the most profound challenge ever confronted by human society. This volume is a definitive collection of 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.

A major analysis of a key global issue

Broad-ranging treatment of fast-growing field

Outstanding range of contributors

Multidisciplinary in approach

Essential reference for students and scholars in this field

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

Edited by 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.

`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 IPCC

`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