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By Martin Kowarsch

While monetary and different social technology services is fundamental for profitable public policy-making concerning worldwide weather switch, social scientists face trade-offs among the medical credibility, policy-relevance, and legitimacy in their coverage recommendation. From a philosophical viewpoint, this booklet systematically addresses those trade-offs and different the most important demanding situations dealing with the built-in financial exams of the Intergovernmental Panel on weather swap (IPCC). in keeping with John Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy and an research of the value-laden nature and reliability of weather swap economics, the booklet develops a cultured science-policy version and particular directions for those tests of weather coverage strategies. The center proposal is to scientifically discover a few of the sensible implications of different weather coverage pathways in an interdisciplinary demeanour, including different stakeholders. this would facilitate an iterative, deliberative public studying strategy bearing on disputed coverage concerns. This quantity makes novel contributions to 3 strands of the literature: (1) the philosophy of (social) technological know-how in coverage; (2) the philosophy of economics; and (3) debates concerning the layout of medical tests, together with the continual IPCC reform debate. This paintings is hence attention-grabbing for philosophers and different students reflecting at the science-policy interface, but in addition for evaluate practitioners, weather policy-makers, and economists. The science-policy strategy built during this quantity has already motivated the new socio-economic IPCC assessment.

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Com/magazines/fortune/global500/2011/full_list/ (accessed 14 Aug 2014). 2 Seeking an Integrated Climate Policy 31 will thus be solved automatically is unjustified. There is still a large amount of coal and gas as well as a considerable amount of oil in the ground, much more than an ambitious climate policy target can cope with, if all these fossil fuels are extracted and combusted (Knopf et al. 2012b, p. 141; IPCC 2014b). Even worse, one can currently observe a renaissance of relatively cheap coal, particularly in China (Edenhofer et al.

The historical development of wealth in the industrialised countries is largely based on the use of fossil fuels, since they were a relatively cheap and abundant source of energy to meet the extensive demand by industry (Edenhofer et al. 2012). g. India) point out the need for further economic growth and a sufficient and cheap energy supply in order to overcome the current crises experienced by many countries, or even to avoid a collapse of the whole national and international economic system, which could possibly lead to severe social conflicts.

It would be much better to simply follow one’s self-interests 7 Posner’s line of critique is thus again related to the disputed optimism or pessimism regarding the human capability to participate in deliberative democracies; more pessimistic views of human nature in that regard – as Posner’s – would put more emphasis on the need for the institutional and legal control of policymakers and political power in general. 24 2 The Need for an Integrated Economic Assessment of Climate Policy Options and avoid the misuse of power by law and adequate institutions.

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