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Climate of the Middle

Understanding Climate Change as a Common Challenge


  • Illuminates the diverse roles of, and attitudes to, climate change over a spectrum of scholarly disciplines

  • Presents a multidisciplinary perspective on climate change policies

  • Discusses the distribution of responsibilities relating to climate change

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Climate Studies (BRIEFSCLIMATE)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction and Lessons Learned

    • Arjen Siegmann
    Pages 1-9Open Access
  3. Perceptions of Catastrophic Climate Risks

    • Wouter Botzen
    Pages 11-22Open Access
  4. Determinants of Belief – And Unbelief – In Climate Change

    • David Leiser, Pascal Wagner-Egger
    Pages 23-32Open Access
  5. Climate Catastrophes as a Sum of Known Risks

    • Francisco Estrada
    Pages 33-42Open Access
  6. The Green Challenge for Central Banks and Households

    • Dirk Schoenmaker
    Pages 43-51Open Access
  7. Corporate Taxation in a Circular Economy

    • Jan Gooijer
    Pages 53-61Open Access
  8. Climate Change in the Attention Arena of the Middle Class

    • Hans von Storch
    Pages 63-71Open Access

About this book

This Open Access book presents a multidisciplinary perspective to increase our understanding of climate policies that are rooted in the natural moral inclinations of people, families and firms. Which policies prevent a widening gap between higher and lower educated people? Which policy instruments are there, and how could they be used? What is the role of free entrepreneurship?

In this book, academics from different fields have brought together their knowledge and expertise to reflect on the following three questions:

  1. How are the polarised positions on climate change of different groups related to their moral outlook, world view, tradition, cultural norms and values?
  2. What is a good distribution of responsibilities between firms, households and the government relating to climate change?
  3. What are possible avenues where the climate policies are a natural extension of moral inclinations of families and firms, such as the stewardship for the natural environment and the climate?

This book will be of interest to policy and decision-makers, students of social and behavioural sciences, and those interested climate change policies and how this effects our lives


  • Climate change policy
  • Responsible citizenship
  • Free entrepreneurship
  • Natural extension of moral inclinations
  • Distribution of moral inclinations
  • Stewardship for the natural environment and climate
  • Open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Arjen Siegmann

About the editor

Arjen Siegmann is research asssociate at the CDA Research Institute ("Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor het CDA"), associate professor of finance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and member of the executive board of the Wilfried Martens Centre for Economic Studies. He has written reports on long-term unemployment, the housing market and fiscal policy. In common projects with the Martens Centre and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, he has edited two books on the Middle Class in Europe. His academic research and teaching focuses on financial markets and institutions. He has been a council member at the city of Amstelveen, a researcher at the Netherlands Central Bank (DNB) and an advisor on strategic model development at Abn Amro Bank.

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)