Pathologies of Climate Governance

Paul G. Harris, Pathologies of Climate Governance: International Relations, National Politics and Human Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Earth’s climate is in crisis. The crisis is growing worse. Climate governance has failed. Pathologies of Climate Governance diagnoses this failure, examining climate governance as if it were a sick patient. In so doing, it uncovers the fundamental pathologies causing the worsening climate crisis. It distills decades of global climate negotiations to reveal the features of international relations that make climate action so difficult. It explores the politics of climate change in Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, small-island states, the United States and other countries to locate obstacles to climate governance. It exposes underlying psychosocial aspects of climate change, showing how human nature, overconsumption and global capitalism conspire to cause it and to stymie climate action. Pathologies of Climate Governance cuts through complex science, politics and policy, in the process identifying what every concerned reader needs to know and do about the climate crisis.