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Power In A Warming WorldThe New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality$
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David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, and Mizan R. Khan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029612

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029612.001.0001

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Power Shift

Power Shift

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Power In A Warming World

David Ciplet

J. Timmons Roberts

Mizan R. Khan

The MIT Press

This chapter draws on theories, particularly the scholarship of Antonio Gramsci, in offering a strategic framework that considers power relations. It argues that the world is not the same as it was back in 2008 before the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen. It explores recent shifts in power dynamics and considers their impact on our ability to take effective and equitable action on climate change. The main argument here is that the world order has transformed along four main axes: its political economy, geopolitics, ecological conditions, and the capabilities of transnational civil society. The chapter focuses on the struggles of marginalized and particularly vulnerable states and civil society actors seeking climate justice, and the processes that inhibit and facilitate their influence.

Keywords:   Antonio Gramsci, power relations, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, power dynamics, action on climate change, world order, political economy, geopolitics, ecological conditions, transnational civil society

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