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On climate change, state power and the worlds to come.

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Climate change tests the nation state in ways that it has not been tested, perhaps ever. It demands a response that can't be contained at any scale other than the planetary. When we have meetings in Paris and Copenhagen, we see people who understand themselves as progressive or left desperately hoping for the coordination of a binding agreement, of a planetary power - because this is the only way we can understand conventional political concepts to have any grasp in a future world in which climate has shifted things so much.

Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright explore the possible political and economic futures of a planet under rapid climate change - from the emergence of a planetary sovereignty over a global energy system, to the fracturing of the globe into nativistic zones of control and violent exclusion - and explain why nothing is certain but radical change.

Geoff and Joel are authors of the book Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future from Verso.

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Geoff Mann

Geoff Mann is an author and Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy, Simon Fraser University.

 

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Joel Wainwright

Joel Wainwright is an author and a professor in the Department of Geography at Ohio State University.

 

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