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Book launch - The Politics of Climate Change

  • Date(s)
    6 May 2009
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The City of London and Policy Network will hold a launch event for The Politics of Climate Change, the latest book by Anthony Giddens, in London on the 6 May. The event will start with a short presentation by the author, followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions and answers.

In The Politics of Climate Change, Giddens controversially argues that we do not have a systematic politics of climate change. While the consequences of climate change are potentially catastrophic, the book argues that for most policymakers and citizens it remains only a latent concern. A “politics-as-usual” approach is, therefore, insufficient to tackle this problem. Yet Giddens also argues that the green movement is too flawed to make a real impact on how we overcome the economic and political challenges in mainstream thinking. By examining the crucial connections between climate change and energy security, Giddens introduces a range of new concepts and policy proposals to fill this gap. Described by former US President Bill Clinton as a “landmark study” and by Martin Rees, the president of the Royal Society, as a “balanced and comprehensive assessment”, The Politics of Climate Change urges policymakers to move beyond rhetoric and take concrete and radical action on one of the most pressing problems for our societies.

The book grew out of a broader project, organised by Policy Network in association with the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Global Governance that aims to challenge conventional policy thinking on climate change. The Policy Network research programme was developed through a series of expert seminars at the LSE in the summer and autumn of 2008. It will culminate in a high-profile conference to discuss these issues at the LSE in June, where the programme’s key conclusions and policy proposals will be published in a pamphlet in time for the June conference.

If you would like to attend please respond via email to pro.events@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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