Europe and Global Climate Change
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Europe and Global Climate Change

Politics, Foreign Policy and Regional Cooperation

Edited by Paul G. Harris

The core objective of this book is to better understand the role of foreign policy – the crossovers and interactions between domestic and international politics and policies – in efforts to preserve the environment and natural resources. Underlying this objective is the belief that it is not enough to analyze domestic or international political actors, institutions and processes by themselves. We need to understand the interactions among them, something that explicit thought about foreign policy can help us do.
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Chapter 14: The Reflexivity of Ideas in Climate Change Policy: German, European and International Politics

Lyn Jaggard


Lyn Jaggard INTRODUCTION Environmental issues have become integral to the national and global political arenas. Many of these environmental issues are transnational. The national and the international are often interlinked in environmental politics, and this is especially the case with global climate change (GCC). Climate change, with its anthropogenic causes and varying transnational effects, also involves injustices (see Chapter 15). The benefits of industrialization have accrued to those countries and people that are least vulnerable to GCC but most able to afford to implement adaptation policies. Conversely those areas of the world that are worst affected by GCC are those that tend not to have received the benefits of industrialization. The well-being of future generations will be fundamentally affected by the actions that are taken now. Therefore, questions of intergenerational justice are also relevant. As GCC is a phenomenon that is inherently global, it requires international negotiations and institutions to provide governance. To enable agreement on what form governance should take to carry out the necessary remedies requires complex discussions among states as well as scientists, politicians and citizens from around the world. This chapter examines the evolution of GCC politics in Germany and its relationship to international GCC politics and policies (see also Chapter 2). Events at both national and global levels impact upon one another; there is a reflexive relationship. The chapter begins with a discussion of theory in this context, paying special attention to the role that certain ideas play in GCC-related politics and...

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