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Political Theory and Global Climate Change

Steve Vanderheiden


Climate change will shape the political, economic, and cultural landscape as surely as it shapes the natural landscape. It challenges our existing political institutions, ethical theories, and ways of conceptualizing the human relationship to the environment, it defies current principles of distributive justice, transcends current discourses on rights, and disrupts our sense of place. This book argues that the conceptual tools of political theory can help us understand the obstacles to fair and effective global climate change policies, and offers a selection of scholarly efforts to do so. Illu ... More

Keywords: climate change, political institutions, ethical theories, distributive justice, discourses on rights, sense of place, political theory, social problems, global warming, analytic philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262220842
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262220842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Vanderheiden, editor