Security and Climate Change

International Relations and the Limits of Realism

By Mark Lacy

© 2008 – Routledge

180 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415460040
pub: 2007-10-22
US Dollars$54.95
Hardback: 9780415324083
pub: 2005-06-02
US Dollars$170.00

About the Book

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.

Table of 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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security