Climate Security and Economic Security: The Limits to Climate Change action in Australia?

McDonald, Matt (2015) Climate Security and Economic Security: The Limits to Climate Change action in Australia?. International Politics, 52 4: 484-501. doi:10.1057/ip.2015.5

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Author McDonald, Matt
Title Climate Security and Economic Security: The Limits to Climate Change action in Australia?
Journal name International Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1384-5748
1740-3898
Publication date 2015-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/ip.2015.5
Open Access Status
Volume 52
Issue 4
Start page 484
End page 501
Total pages 18
Place of publication Basingstoke, Hants, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2007, Kevin Rudd was elected Prime Minister of Australia with the promise of pursuing strong action on global climate change. Less than 3 years later, he was deposed as leader of his party after walking away from proposed climate legislation. One important part of this puzzle concerns the nature of political debate in Australia about climate action, with this debate orienting around the economic costs of climate action. This can be read as a competition between discourses of security: one focused on securing Australia and vulnerable others from the long-term threat posed by climate change, the other on securing Australia and Australians from the short-term threat climate change action posed to continued economic growth. Over time, the latter came to dominate contestation over climate change. This article maps these competing discourses, reflecting on what this case tells us about the politics of climate change in Australia and beyond.
Keyword Australia
Climate politics
Security
Environmental security
Discourse
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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