Providing case study analyses of the politics of science in and around the International Polar Year of 2007-2008, this volume makes a distinct contribution to ongoing research focusing on the relationship between science, international politics, law and history. The contributors combine both interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical approaches to engage directly with the most recent debates in international relations scholarship, to include discussions of arctic climate change, governance issues, reflections on the Antarctic Treaty and the science-geopolitics interface amongst others. This is the first comprehensive account to look explicitly at the relationship between global politics and science through an account of the International Polar Years.
'…provides an excellent collection of essays about the relationship between science and policy in the changing polar regions. It has a highly interdisciplinary approach and is produced in the twilight of the fourth International Polar Year.' Louwrens Hacquebord, Vice President, International Arctic Science Committee 2000-2008 and University of Groningen, The Netherlands 'As climate change and disputes over natural resources bring the Arctic and Antarctic into sharp focus, interest in these remote, fascinating, and strategic regions has intensified. This book is an all-in-one-place guide to key challenges in doing science and shaping policy from pole to pole, an indispensable resource for scholars and lay readers alike.' Ronald E. Doel, Florida State University, USA 'The Polar regions have become the epitome of global concerns for climate, security, and Arctic residents. In this timely collection the editors set out to redefine polar politics at a critical moment. They and their co-authors offer original and unexpected perspectives of relevance to scholars and practitioners across the social sciences and for anyone interested in current international affairs.' Sverker SÃ¶rlin, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden