Authority, Responsibility and Justice in Environmental Politics

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  • NIBR-notat

Document type

Publication date

  • 2007

Series/Report no

  • NIBR-notat 2007:112


  • Oslo: Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research


  • 978-82-7071-685-2


  • 0801-1702


  • Last ned gratis Many of today's most pressing environmental problems share one important characteristic: they are cross-boundary, i.e. they disregard political and geographical borders. Obviously, this is challenging for several reasons. One is that present legal and political institutions have no effective reach beyond the nation-state. The same is the case with most political authority. Furthermore, the border crossing character of many environmental problems is also ethically challenging. What is a fair distribution of the burdens required to mitigate and adapt to e.g., climate change, chemical pollution and over use of marine resources and/or to make society less vulnerable to it's consequences? And perhaps even more difficult: Who has the responsibility to take action-those causing the problems or those in risk to suffer from the devastating effects? The papers in this section are discussing environmental problems from such points of view as authority, responsibility and distributive justice.