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The politics of climate change: Seeking a global solution through national action in a new world order

  • Date(s)
    4 December 2008
  • Time
    16:00 - 18:30
  • Location

Looking at climate change policy in the national context of Japan and the US, Policy Network, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Global Governance has held a further seminar in its politics of climate change work programme.

The seminar entitled "The politics of climate change: Seeking a global solution through national action in a new world order", took place in London on 4 December 2008.

Key speakers included renowned American scholar Miranda Schreurs, author of A Comparative History of US and Japanese Environmental Movements and director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie Universit├Ąt in Berlin; and Mutsuyoshi Nishimura, principal climate change adviser to the Japanese prime minister and former Japanese global environment ambassador to Kyoto.

Drawing on their respective national contexts, Mr Nishimura and Prof Schreurs discussed the climate change challenge from a thematic perspective, touching on its multifaceted challenges to existing political systems and policy thinking.

This was the forth formative seminar of the politics of climate change research inititative. The project aims to assess and shape an effective agenda for dealing with the political and policy challenges of climate change at the national level in western democracies.

Thus far in the seminar series, "best practice" comparisons of national approaches to climate change have been conducted within the context of the UK, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Spain, the United States at the federal level, and Japan. The project has also looked at what role the European Union can play in encouraging national action and offering a framework for regional leadership in combating the challenges of climate change.

The project was launched with a new paper by the Labour peer and sociologist Anthony Giddens, entitled The Politics of Climate Change: national responses to the challenge of global warming. The paper, which sets the framework for the politics of climate change work programme, argues that national political leaders lack a developed analysis of the political changes which will have to be made if their aspirations to limit climate change are to be met - especially at a national level where much of the action must occur.

If you have any questions about the event, or the research programme, please contact Simon Latham at slatham@policy-network.net.

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