Great Powers, Climate Change, and Global Environmental Responsibilities

  • 11h 50m 53s
  • Barry Buzan, Robert Falkner
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2023

This book is the first of its kind to examine the role of great powers in the international politics of climate change. It develops a novel analytical framework for studying environmental power in international relations, what counts as a great power in the environmental field, and what their special environmental responsibilities are. In doing so, the book connects International Relations (IR) debates on power inequality, great powers and great power management, with global environmental politics (GEP) scholarship.

The book brings together leading scholars in IR and GEP whose contributions focus on major environmental powers (United States, China, European Union) and international institutions and issue areas (UN Security Council, multilateral environmental agreements, coal politics). The contributors examine how individual great powers have responded to the global climate challenge and whether they have accepted a special responsibility for stabilizing the global climate. They place emerging discourses on great power responsibility in the context of wider debates about international environmental leadership and climate change securitization. And they provide new insights into how international power inequality intersects with the global ecological crisis, and what role great powers could and should play in the international fight against global warming.

About the Author

Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations and the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science,Barry Buzan, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

Robert Falkner is an Associate Professor of International Relations and the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include Environmentalism and Global International Security (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Barry Buzan is a Fellow of the British Academy, Emeritus Professor in the LSE Department of International Relations and a Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. His publications include Rethinking Sino-Japanese Alienation (co-edted with Evelyn Goh, OUP, 2020), The Making of Global International Relations (with Amitav Acharya, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction Robert Falkner and Barry Buzan
  • Chapter 2 - Great Powers and Environmental Responsibilities: A Conceptual Framework Barry Buzan and Robert Falkner
  • Chapter 3 - Great Expectations: The United States and the Global Environment Robyn Eckersley
  • Chapter 4 - China as a ‘Partial’ Environmental Great Power Pichamon Yeophantong and Evelyn Goh
  • Chapter 5 - The European Union: A Green Great Power? Katja Biedenkopf, Claire Dupont, and Diarmuid Torney
  • Chapter 6 - Brazil: A Boundary Case of Environmental Power Kathryn Hochstetler
  • Chapter 7 - Politics of Responsibility: India in Global Climate Governance Miriam Prys-Hansen
  • Chapter 8 - Great Power Ambitions and National Interest in Russia’s Climate Change Policy Alina Averchenkova
  • Chapter 9 - Great Power Responsibility for Climate Security in the United Nations Security Council Shirley V. Scott
  • Chapter 10 - Great Power Responsibility and International Climate Leadership Sanna Kopra
  • Chapter 11 - Environmental Great Powers and Multilateral Environmental Agreements Susan Park
  • Chapter 12 - World on Fire: Coal Politics and Great Power Responsibility Stacy D. VanDeveer and Tim Boersma
  • Chapter 13 - Great Powers, Climate Change, and Global Responsibilities: A Concluding Assessment Robert Falkner and Barry Buzan