Politics, Foreign Policy and Regional Cooperation
Edited by Paul G. Harris
Chapter 14: The Reflexivity of Ideas in Climate Change Policy: German, European and International Politics
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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