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Governing climate change: the politics of risk society?

Governing climate change: the politics of risk society? This paper examines how the politics of climate change have taken shape within Australia through the construction and contestation of concepts of obligation and responsibility. Beck’s risk society thesis offers a conceptual starting point from which to address questions concerning the nature of contemporary risk politics, and the paper examines its relevance and applicability in this case. While Beck’s theory provides insight into the nature of risk and directs attention to the ways in which notions of obligation and responsibility structure risk politics, it fails to engage with why, and how, particular definitions of risk and responsibility come to dominate the political arena. It is argued that in Australia the novel challenges climate change poses to the institutions of modernity have been negated through ensuing policy responses which have reinforced links between industry and government, and have defined climate responsibilities within existing relations of production and the spatio‐temporal frameworks of modernity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) 2001
ISSN
0020-2754
eISSN
1475-5661
DOI
10.1111/1475-5661.00033
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Abstract

This paper examines how the politics of climate change have taken shape within Australia through the construction and contestation of concepts of obligation and responsibility. Beck’s risk society thesis offers a conceptual starting point from which to address questions concerning the nature of contemporary risk politics, and the paper examines its relevance and applicability in this case. While Beck’s theory provides insight into the nature of risk and directs attention to the ways in which notions of obligation and responsibility structure risk politics, it fails to engage with why, and how, particular definitions of risk and responsibility come to dominate the political arena. It is argued that in Australia the novel challenges climate change poses to the institutions of modernity have been negated through ensuing policy responses which have reinforced links between industry and government, and have defined climate responsibilities within existing relations of production and the spatio‐temporal frameworks of modernity.

Journal

Transactions of the Institute of British GeographersWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2001

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