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Ungoverning the climate

Humphreys, Stephen (2020) Ungoverning the climate. Transnational Legal Theory, 11 (3). 244 - 266. ISSN 2041-4005

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Identification Number: 10.1080/20414005.2020.1829370


In this article I canvass four kinds or ‘modes’ of ungovernance, which I characterise as agnostic, experimental, inoculative, and catastrophic. I then turn to climate change, and the questions of climate governance and climate equity, which, I argue, exemplify each of these four modes in different ways. The fact of climate change might be characterised as the materialisation of ungovernance, insofar as it is the incidental or accidental outcome of an aggregate of rational decisions underpinned by a vast but selective regulatory apparatus. But more poignantly, the international law apparatus that has grown up around the climate problem presumes and embeds uncertainty regarding any resolution.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2020 08:51
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 04:45

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