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Governing the Climate
New Approaches to Rationality, Power and Politics

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Johannes Stripple, Harriet Bulkeley, Eva Lövbrand, Anders Blok, Benjamin Stephan, Delf Rothe, Chris Methman, Carl Death, Marc Whitehead, Rhys Jones, Jessica Pykett, Sally Eden, Tom Hargreaves, Jarmo Kortelainen, Moritz Albrecht, Juliet J. Fall, Heather Lovell, Angela Oels, Olaf Corry, Samuel Randalls
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107624603

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  • Despite a growing interest in critical social and political studies of climate change, the field remains fragmented and diffuse. This is the first volume to collect this body of scholarship, providing a key reference point in the growing debate about climate change across the social sciences. The book provides a new set of insights into the ways in which climate change is creating new forms of social order, and the ways in which they are structured through the workings of rationality, power and politics. Governing the Climate is invaluable for three main audiences: social science researchers and advanced students in the field of climate change; the wider research community interested in global environmental politics and global environmental governance; and policy makers and researchers concerned more broadly with environmental politics at international, national and local levels.

    • Brings together new perspectives on significant areas of climate governance, such as carbon markets, forests, and domestic energy consumption
    • Positions critical social and political studies of climate change in relation to other literatures, such as regime theory and global governance, which are more often deployed in this field of study
    • Offers new insight into the ways in which climate change is creating new forms of social order
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    "Climate change is simply too important to leave solely to conventional modes of governance. The kind of theoretical work in this volume can’t solve climate problems, nor can it provide clear administrative blueprints for policy makers, but it does show forcefully that in the face of rapid climate change thinking in new ways about many things is now unavoidable both in the United Nations system and beyond."
    Simon Dalby, ACUNS (

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107624603
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Johannes Stripple and Harriet Bulkeley
    Part I. Governmentality, Critical Theory and Climate Change:
    1. Bringing governmentality to the study of global governance Eva Lövbrand and Johannes Stripple
    2. Experimenting on climate governmentality with actor-network theory Anders Blok
    3. Third side of the coin: hegemony and governmentality in global climate politics Benjamin Stephan, Delf Rothe and Chris Methman
    4. The limits of climate governmentality Carl Death
    Part II. Cases of Climate Government: Theorising Practice:
    5. Neuro-liberal climatic governmentalities Marc Whitehead, Rhys Jones and Jessica Pykett
    6. Making carbon calculations Sally Eden
    7. Smart meters and the governance of energy use in the household Tom Hargreaves
    8. Translation loops and shifting rationalities of transnational bioenergy governance Jarmo Kortelainen and Moritz Albrecht
    9. Governing mobile species in a climate-changed world Juliet J. Fall
    10. Measuring forest carbon Heather Lovell
    11. Climate security as governmentality: from precaution to preparedness Angela Oels
    Part III. Future Directions:
    12. The rise and fall of the global climate polity Olaf Corry
    13. Climate change multiple Samuel Randalls
    14. Reflections and way forward Harriet Bulkeley and Johannes Stripple.

  • Editors

    Johannes Stripple, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
    Johannes Stripple is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science, Lunds Universitet, Sweden. Johannes spent part of his post-graduate work in a natural science environment and holds a licentiate of philosophy in environmental science from Kalmar University, Sweden. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations theory and global environmental politics. His recent research has covered European and international climate policy, carbon markets, renewable energy, adaptation, sinks, and scenarios and governmentalities around climate change, carbon and the Earth system. He has published papers in journals such as the Review of International Studies, Global Governance, Critical Policy Studies, Global Environmental Change, International Environmental Agreements, Environment and Planning C, Environmental Politics, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Climate Policy.

    Harriet Bulkeley, University of Durham
    Harriet Bulkeley is Professor of Geography at the University of Durham. Her research interests are in the nature and politics of environmental governance, and focus on policy processes, climate change and urban sustainability. She is co-author of Cities and Climate Change (2003, with Michele Betsill) and Governing Climate Change (2010, with Peter Newell), and co-editor of Cities and Low Carbon Transitions (2011, with Vanesa Castan-Broto, Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin). She has published widely on these topics, including articles in Political Geography, Environment and Planning A, International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics and Environmental Politics.


    Johannes Stripple, Harriet Bulkeley, Eva Lövbrand, Anders Blok, Benjamin Stephan, Delf Rothe, Chris Methman, Carl Death, Marc Whitehead, Rhys Jones, Jessica Pykett, Sally Eden, Tom Hargreaves, Jarmo Kortelainen, Moritz Albrecht, Juliet J. Fall, Heather Lovell, Angela Oels, Olaf Corry, Samuel Randalls

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