Climate Change and Society: Approaches and Responses

John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566600
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Climate Change and Society: Approaches and Responses


Climate change presents perhaps the most profound challenge ever to have confronted human social, political, and economic systems. The stakes are massive, the risks and uncertainties severe, the economics controversial, the science besieged, the politics bitter and complicated, the psychology puzzling, the impacts devastating, the interactions with other environmental and non-environmental issues running in many directions. This article summarizes the entire work which brings together a representation of the best scholars on climate change and society. It introduces the key topics, themes, layers, and issues related to climate change. It concludes with a discussion of the structure of the book. It begins with the science that first identified climate change as a problem, and how it is received by and in society and government.

Keywords: climate change; environmental issues; non-environmental issues; human system; climate justice

Article.  8020 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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