Securitising of climate change

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2011-10-17

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Wilner, Nathanael

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Unchecked climate change has the potential to have devastating effect on the Earth and its inhabitants. However, there is still time to avoid most of the worst impacts climate change will bring through massive mitigative actions. While state led governance mechanisms must be employed to effectively mitigate climate change, states seem unwilling or unable to effectuate the needed actions. How can states be pushed to take action aimed at mitigating climate change? This thesis utilises Securitisation Theory, as a starting point to test not only whether or not securitising climate change can induce state action on it, but also whether induced policies constitute ‘good’ or ‘bad’ actions. This thesis undertakes two case studies that focus on the executive level of governance of two sate: the United States and California.

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climatic changes, greenhouse gases, security

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