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Heeft het klimaat nood aan consensus? : Pleidooi voor een politiek van het denkbare

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  • Gert Goeminne

Abstract

In this essay, I argue that the alleged failure of the Copenhagen climate summit in December 2009, rather than labelling it as the collapse of climate polities, should be embraced as an essential politica) fact. Admittedly, Copenhagen was a failure, albeit of a populist consensual policy practice that invokes an apocalyptic doomsday scenario to make everybody toe the neo-liberal line. In my view, consensus-driven UN policy is running into its own limits as was clearly illustrated at the climate summit in Cancun (December 2010) where the blame was pinned on Bolivia for its fierce resistance against a weak agreement. The time has come to revive the climate and, by extension, the environment as a matter of genuine politica! concern, open to struggle and contestation, in this way constituting an essential component of social change.

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Goeminne, G., (2011) “Heeft het klimaat nood aan consensus? : Pleidooi voor een politiek van het denkbare”, Res Publica 53(4), p.453-466.

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30 Dec 2011
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