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Book Reviews Climate Law 3 (2012) 311­324 DOI 10.3233/CL-120069 IOS Press The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society Edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg Oxford University Press, 2011, 736 pp., ISBN 978-0-19-956660-0 (hb). It is hard for a new book on climate change to make a significant contribution to scholarly or policy debates. This is true for various reasons. Society's dependence on climate, and thus the potential impacts of both climate change and attempts to manage it, are broad, diffuse, uncertain, and potentially severe. There is thus scarcely any area of knowledge not potentially relevant, yet these wide-ranging areas of relevant knowledge are not well integrated or connected. Many proposals for overarching frameworks to integrate relevant knowledge have been advanced, none persuasively. Political conflict over action has spread into research and scholarship, so many research claims about climate or its effects--including even well-established points of scientific knowledge--are marked by sharp, ideologically polarized controversy. At the same time, the available books span widely varying levels (introductory to advanced), scopes (comprehensive to highly specialized), and stances (from scholarly objectivity through impassioned advocacy of a dozen flavours). Into this crowded and troubled landscape comes The Oxford Handbook http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate Law IOS Press

Book Reviews

Climate Law , Volume 3 (3) – Jan 1, 2012

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IOS Press
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Copyright © 2012 by IOS Press, Inc
ISSN
1878-6553
eISSN
1878-6561
DOI
10.3233/CL-120069
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Abstract

Climate Law 3 (2012) 311­324 DOI 10.3233/CL-120069 IOS Press The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society Edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg Oxford University Press, 2011, 736 pp., ISBN 978-0-19-956660-0 (hb). It is hard for a new book on climate change to make a significant contribution to scholarly or policy debates. This is true for various reasons. Society's dependence on climate, and thus the potential impacts of both climate change and attempts to manage it, are broad, diffuse, uncertain, and potentially severe. There is thus scarcely any area of knowledge not potentially relevant, yet these wide-ranging areas of relevant knowledge are not well integrated or connected. Many proposals for overarching frameworks to integrate relevant knowledge have been advanced, none persuasively. Political conflict over action has spread into research and scholarship, so many research claims about climate or its effects--including even well-established points of scientific knowledge--are marked by sharp, ideologically polarized controversy. At the same time, the available books span widely varying levels (introductory to advanced), scopes (comprehensive to highly specialized), and stances (from scholarly objectivity through impassioned advocacy of a dozen flavours). Into this crowded and troubled landscape comes The Oxford Handbook

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Climate LawIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2012

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