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The Environmental Risks of Incomplete Globalization
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1291-5254
2016 (English)In: Globalizations, ISSN 1474-7731, E-ISSN 1474-774XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

As the liberal optimism of the long 1990s has faded into a world of growing inequality and resurging nationalism, there is less certainty about the prospects of economic convergence and global integration. Beyond the formidable human cost of maintaining a divided world, the possibility of incomplete globalisation also gives rise to a number of environmental risks. While environmental political theory generally sees strength in localism, history rather shows that a robust world trade system is crucial to offset local resource scarcities and that cosmopolitan norms of solidarity are essential for helping communities to rebuild after environmental catastrophe. In relation to climate change, statist thinking has led to a focus on non-scalable technologies and a silent acceptance of chronic poverty abroad as a way of avoiding a climate emergency. Contrary to such views, this paper argues that accelerating the transition to a fully integrated high-energy planet may more effectively mitigate Anthropocene risks.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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global convergence, intentional localisation, nuclear energy, renewable energy, climate policy, degrowth
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124449DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2016.1216820OAI: diva2:952178
Available from: 2016-08-12 Created: 2016-08-12 Last updated: 2016-08-22

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