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Democracy, climate change and global governance

  • Date(s)
    12 January 2010
  • Time
    08.30 - 10.00
  • Location

David Held, Graham Wallas professor of political science and co-director of  Global Governance at the London School of Economics, will outline the central arguments and public policy recommendations of his new paper "Democracy, climate change and global governance" (co-authored with Angus Fane-Hervey), at an interactive breakfast seminar on Tuesday 12 January.

The urgent challenge of climate change poses a critical test for modern democracy and rules-based international politics. Democracies need to shift from loose policy commitments to real and bindingDemocracy, climate change and global governance action. Yet, there are enormous collective action problems in combating climate change. Can democratic systems evolve to confront the challenge?

By setting out a range of focused governance and policy recommendations, the paper proposes steps for reforging a rules-based politics, from the nation state to the global level.

David Held and Angus Fane Hervey

Anthony Giddens, former director of LSE and author of The politics of climate change

Roger Liddle, chair of Policy Network

The seminar marks the next phase of our "politics of climate change" project and the continuation of our successful Foresight project on the changing international order. The aim of this new initiative on climate change, developed by Policy Network and the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, is to explore the positive aspects of confronting climate change and energy security by focusing upon the implications for business and society-at-large. The advent of a low-carbon economy is much discussed at the moment, but accounts differ as to what this new economy will look like. Nonetheless, it is likely to be as different from our existing industrial model as this was to the agrarian one which preceded it, thanks to technological innovation and a growing ecological consciousness.

At the same time, though, the climate change challenge poses considerable difficulties to how global governance is developed further over the coming decades. As our Foresight project, organised in partnership with the Alfred Herrhausen Society, has previously shown, at the global level there has so far been a failure to generate a sound and effective international framework for managing global climate change, whilst at the state level solutions are weak and struggle to transcend the normal push and pull of partisan politics. This is likely to be compounded and not altered by the outcomes of the Copenhagen summit.

The event will run from 8.30am until 10am on Tuesday 12th January. It will take place in the SMF boardroom, 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB.

If you would like to attend, please contact Jade Groves, events manager at Policy Network on jgroves@policy-network.net or 00 44 (0) 20 7340 2216.


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