Climate Change Complexity: Broadening the Horizon from Copenhagen to Paris

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Climate Change Complexity: Broadening the Horizon from Copenhagen to Paris

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Climate Change Complexity: Broadening the Horizon from Copenhagen to Paris
Author Hauer, Moritz
Date 2014
English abstract
In recent years climate change has been featured much more prominently in scholarly and public discourse. Especially since 2003 and 2007 the focus has shifted towards the security implications of climate change and the necessary measures to deal with climate change. The discourse commonly portrays climate change as a threat that substantially affects national and human security. Using frameworks of the Copenhagen School and Paris School, as well as discourse analysis, this thesis shows that climate change as a security issue is mainly understood in human security terms and seen to exacerbate already existing problems, such as poverty and food insecurity. The social and discursive construction of climate change as a security issue has influenced the policies and practices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as well as the United Nations Development Programme, as it has become a central element of their work. It is argued that the Paris School’s climatization framework has more analytical value for the security analysis of climate change than the Copenhagen School’s securitization theory.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 49
Language eng (iso)
Subject Climate Change, Security, Paris School, Copenhagen School, United Nations, Migration, Development
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