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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy$
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James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036580

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.001.0001

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Environmental Security: Policy within a Violent Imaginary

Environmental Security: Policy within a Violent Imaginary

(p.259) 11 Environmental Security: Policy within a Violent Imaginary
Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy

Johannes Stripple

The MIT Press

The environment is now well established as part of an imagery of a world that is becoming more violent, more conflict ridden and less secure for many people. Imaginations of a climate changed world feed into a horizon of the future that is increasingly understood as indeterminate and uncertain, thereby requiring new modes of preparedness and precaution. While writings on security and the environment existed before the 1990s, it was the end of the Cold War that unlocked and energized the nexus. Environmental security remains an ambiguous concept with many fault-lines among and within academia, think-tanks, environmental organizations and the military establishment. Much scholarship has been preoccupied with the question of how to best define environmental security, but security needs to be recognized as a mode of governing that does things, and that needs to be approached in terms of its effects. Hence, the question: what kind of new political practices become legitimized when climate change is increasingly governed as an emergency?

Keywords:   security, environment, Cold War, conflict, imagination, comate emergency

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