Sustainability Science

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 233–236 | Cite as

Global climate change and the politics of disaster

Original Article


The paper explores the potential political impact of global climate change and, more generally, of natural disaster. Because the affluent West has largely tamed the natural and the social domains, popular clamor for government to anticipate, prevent, and redress disaster increases. I delineate several consequences of the new politics of disaster.


Disaster Global climate change Politics Risk Terrorism Science and society 



I wish to thank Ryan Calder, Nathan MacBrien, and anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International and Area StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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