Great Powers, Climate Change, and Global Environmental Responsibilities (LSE)
- The first-ever comprehensive study of great powers in international climate politics
- Offers a novel analytical framework for studying environmental power in international relations
- Connects international relations debates on international power and great power responsibility with the study of global environmental politics
- Offers a rich empirical account of the role that leading powers play in international climate politics, and how they have defined their special responsibilities in this area
- Explores the security implications of climate change and whether climate securitization could lead to great power management of the global climate threat
Published 10 January 2022
This book is the first of its kind to examine the role of great powers in the international politics of climate change. It develops a novel analytical framework for studying environmental power in international relations, what counts as a great power in the environmental field, and what their special environmental responsibilities are. In doing so, the book connects International Relations (IR) debates on power inequality, great powers and great power management, with global environmental politics (GEP) scholarship.
The book brings together leading scholars in IR and GEP whose contributions focus on major environmental powers (United States, China, European Union, India, Brazil, Russia) and international institutions and issue areas (UN Security Council, multilateral environmental agreements, international climate leadership, coal politics). The contributors to this volume examine how individual great powers have responded to the global climate challenge and whether they have accepted a special responsibility for stabilizing the global climate. They place emerging discourses on great power responsibility in the context of wider debates about international environmental leadership and climate change securitization. And they provide new insights into how international power inequality intersects with the global ecological crisis, and what special role great powers could and should play in the international fight against global warming.
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