I’m pleased to share the newest issue of Environmental Politics. Several articles are sure to be of interest to those with interests in normative questions, including Britta Clark’s article on intergenerational justice and Olle Torpman’s defense of an ‘equal per capita’ view in climate negotiations. Others bring empirical and normative analysis together. Maria Nordbrandt tests the argument that deliberation enhances environmental values. Defne Gönenç conceptualizes a dynamic of ‘norm fusion’ in which the language of human rights is used to frame environmental protection.
Jonas Bertilsson and Håkan Thörn provide a discursive analysis of climate finance governance, showing how it has been used to legitimate financialization; Imrat Verhoeven illuminates how local governmental actors and allies frame their arguments in cases of contentious climate governance. Jeremiah Bohr uses computational text analysis to examine whether and how US politicians’s tweets align with public opinion and economic characteristics of their constituencies. Finally, Tere Vadén and his co-authors critically examine claims about decoupling environmental ‘bads’ and economic ‘goods,’ arguing that successful decoupling is both more demanding and less realistic than often claimed.
In addition to these research articles, there are reviews of nine important new books on environmental politics.
John M. Meyer