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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Environmental Changes
Environmental changes
Tancrède Voituriez
Introduction

In this chapter, we attempt to clarify why and how environmental changes have emerged as a stand-alone issue in international relations: what makes it so specific vis-à-vis other international relations’ issue areas, and what are the remaining challenges facing policymakers and other actors in their effort to respond to the alarm bell rung by scientists and civil society movements. We describe the politics of international environmental changes as a dynamic process unfolding along two axes – horizontal diffusion and vertical institutionalization – and we delineate the particular roles played by ‘epistemic communities’ and the concept of ‘environmental liberalism’ in the framing of the solution space. We conclude by exploring a possible way, suggested by some ...

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