, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 55–60 | Cite as

An Inconvenient Democracy: Knowledge and Climate Change

  • Nico StehrEmail author
Social Science and Public Policy

… my own experience and everyday knowledge illustrate that comfort and ignorance are the biggest flaws of human character. This is a potentially deadly mix.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (2011) 1

The martial celebration of a decisionism that burst the limits of the boredom of deliberation came to be seen … as the royal road to the will’s restoration.

Pierre Rosanvallon (2006:191–192)

The dispute about climate change, its repercussions for the world, alternative conceptions of (historical and moral) responsibility and effective ways of responding is of course a profound and highly controversial socio-political issue, not in all but in some countries, in particular. The political controversies linked to the nature and the responses of climate change are of course deeply embedded in contradictory political world views, for example, the clash between conservative and liberal positions that advocate the withdrawal of the state from many of the affairs of society or those who see the solution to...


Global Warming Climate Policy Carbon Price Climate Scientist Democratic Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FriedrichshafenGermany

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