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Security and Climate Change

International Relations and the Limits of Realism

By Mark Lacy

Routledge – 2008 – 172 pages

Series: Environmental Politics

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    October 21st 2007
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Description

This new book explains why the international community has responded with a sense of fatalistic passivity to climate change.

It presents a distinct critique of realism through the study of this topic, commonly overlooked in international relations. The author argues that the realist view rests on a dangerous contradiction; far from delivering security it serves to limit the way we think about the new generation of risks we face. The book also provides a detailed case study evaluating US climate politics under the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Contents

1. Introduction: The Tragedy of Realism 2. The World is a Laboratory: Climate Change and Hierarchies of (In)Security 3. Illusions of Realism: Techno-Optimism, Realist Strategies and Think-Tanks 4. Mearsheimer and the Vicious Circle: Networks of Realism, Climate Change and the Clinton Administration 5. Conclusion: Moral (In)Security and the Limits of Realism

Author Bio

Dr Mark J. Lacy is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, UK.

Name: Security and Climate Change: International Relations and the Limits of Realism (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Mark Lacy. This new book explains why the international community has responded with a sense of fatalistic passivity to climate change. It presents a distinct critique of realism through the study of this topic, commonly overlooked in international relations. The...
Categories: Politics & International Relations, Environmental Politics, International Relations