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New Power Politics of Global Climate Governance (Hardcover)
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Two key features link the contributions of this volume. First, their underlying assumption is that major powers are the central actors in determining global environmental politics. This differentiates this publication from the mainstream global governance literature and its underlying non-hierarchical approach to international affairs. Second, while much of the related literatures unwittingly translates political animosities between ‘the’ North and ‘the’ South into analytical dividing lines, which, in turn, produces few deeper insights into the complex challenge of climate change politics, this book puts considerable weight on the assessment of, and implications of, the approaches both of rising and established major powers for global climate norms. One key argument of this volume is that today’s geopolitics are about who gets how much in the fiercely competitive race over the available ‘carbon space’. The volume concludes that prudently balancing power in the new century requires a fair sharing of burden among the existing and emerging powers. In light of such burden-sharing, pluralistic domestic politics as well as diverging normative beliefs and worldviews require consideration of different conditions, even if historical legacies of the industrialised world have increasingly been put into question as a political argument by the United States. – A brief summary of the key results of the UNFCCC’s COP 2015 in Paris and a theoretical examination thereof precedes the main chapters. This new introduction confirms the decisive role of the major powers and provides several policy suggestions. This book was previously published as a special issue ofClimate Policy.