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A third way

giddens cover.jpgJudging from even a cursory search of forthcoming titles on Amazon.com, it’s going to be quite a year for books on the politics of climate change. Hardly surprising perhaps, given that anyone with even half an opinion would be wise to air their tuppence worth before December.

One book that’s been receiving considerable attention – and praise – is Anthony Giddens’s aptly named The Politics of Climate Change.

A sociologist at the London School of Economics, Giddens is best known as mastermind of New Labour’s ‘third-way’ politics of the 1990s, in which he tried to move politics beyond the traditional debates of the left and right. In his latest book, he applies the same ‘third way’ rationale to the problem of climate change. Roger Pielke Jr. has reviewed Giddens’s new book for us over on Nature Reports Climate Change. In brief, his assessment is that as a philosophical treatise, The Politics of Climate Change is excellent and in places even brilliant, but that Giddens fails to translate his brilliant philosophies into concrete policy options.

You can read the full review here.

Olive Heffernan

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