Summary Report No. 74


Weltumweltpolitik - Global Change als Herausforderung für die deutsche Politikwissenschaft

F. Biermann, K. Dingwerth (December 2001)

German political science has hardly begun to contribute to research on global (environmental) change and to the major academic network in this area, the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). This paper describes, first, the international community of social scientists working on global change, and elaborates on possible contributions to this community by German political scientists. Second, the paper examines three new conceptual approaches to analysing global change, namely the Syndromes of Global Change approach, Earth System Analysis, and Sustainability Science. The paper then elaborates on a number of ways in which German political science could respond to the academic and political challenges posed by global change. It concludes by emphasizing the need for a new approach, focusing on ’world environmental policy analysis’ that would bridge traditional (environmental) policy analysis, international relations research, and comparative politics.


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