Political Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethical Institutions and Fact-Sensitive Theory

1st Edition

Theresa Birgitta Brønnum Scavenius

September 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780367189709 - CAT# K417261
Series: Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

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This book offers new perspectives on how social and political institutions can respond more effectively to climate change.

Emergent technologies place us on the threshold of affordable green transition. The extent to which these technologies will be developed and implemented, however, depends in part on our democracies’ institutional capacity to facilitate and foster technological implementation. The current regulatory framework for energy and transportation was not designed to integrate consequences for climate change. Thus, new policy approaches and designs are required to establish an infrastructure that encourages green transition pathways.

Responding to this challenge, Scavenius presents a concept of moral responsibility that does not address the obligations of individual citizens, but instead assesses the moral responsibility of institutionalised actors, such as governments, parliaments, and other governmental agencies. With this new research, she outlines building blocks for a new agenda of climate studies by offering an innovative approach to climate governance and democratic climate action at a time when many political initiatives have failed.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, this volume will be an invaluable reference for researchers interested in moral philosophy, climate change, environmental politics and policy, and institutional theory.

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