176 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Earthscan from Routledge
As greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and contentious voices fill the air, the question gains urgency: How can people with widely varying viewpoints agree to address climate change? Each participant in the debate seems to have a different agenda, from protecting economic growth in developing countries to protecting the energy industry in industrialised countries, from those aghast at the damage done to the Earth to optimists who think we just need to adjust our technological approach.
Debating Climate Change sorts through the tangle of arguments surrounding climate change to find paths to unexpected sites of agreement. Using an innovative sociological approach – combined discourse and social network analyses – Elizabeth L. Malone analyses 100 documents representing a range of players in this high-stakes debate. Through this she shows how even the most implacable adversaries can find common ground – and how this common ground can be used to build agreement.
Written in a clear, accessible style, this original research and insightful use of communication analysis will help advance understanding and negotiation on climate change throughout the pivotal times to come.
"Climate change calls for new engagement across partisan, disciplinary, and institutional divides. Elizabeth Malone's important new book helps us better understand these fault lines and find ways to bring people and ideas together."
Barry Rabe, Professor, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Elizabeth L Malone is a sociologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington and has been doing research on climate change as a dimension of human change for over a decade. She co-edited with Steve Rayner the four volume set Human Choice and Climate Change (Battelle Press, 1998).