The Impossible Dream: Consensus-Based International Climate Change Responses

By Beth Edmondson.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The challenges of global climate change are both too deep and too urgent for the international political community to continue to emphasise consensus over changed economic and political practices. The key ideas of the 20th century, which promised greater economic affluence and broader distributions of political independence, are in the process of being overtaken by 21st century imperatives of resolving economic and authority-related uncertainties. This paper argues that the ‘shadow of the future’ has shortened to reveal the natural environment as an ongoing site of contested authority between states.

Keywords: Political Independence, Contested Authority

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.228MB).

Dr. Beth Edmondson

Lecturer, History/Politics, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

I teach in a variety of areas, including International Relations, Australian Politics and Policy Studies, Political Philosophy and Gender Studies. I have research interests in international governance mechanisms and international responses to global climate change.


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