Russian Climate Politics When Science Meets Policy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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Scholarly work in many fields has shown the important and changing role played by experts in international and national policymaking. Historical studies have revealed how Soviet scientists figured in politics in unexpected ways. However, no comprehensive study of the interplay between scientific expert knowledge and contemporary Russian policymaking has been carried out. This book argues that in order to understand Russia's position on complex policy challenges, like climate change, we must understand how experts and scientific knowledge factor into Russia's policymaking processes. Russia is still among the world's top five emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) and its emissions are once again on the rise. Addressing questions of expert knowledge is of key importance to understanding the climate-related policies Russia pursues domestically and the positions it takes in international climate negotiations. This volume presents case studies of media debates, national policymaking and Russia's engagement in the international politics of climate change.

Author Biography

Elana Wilson Rowe is a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and adjunct professor at the University of Nordland. Her research interests include Russian foreign policy, science in international relations, comparative climate politics and Arctic affairs

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Environmental and science politics in Russia
Chapter 3: Russian framings of global climate change
Chapter 4: Russia's domestic politics of climate change
Chapter 5: Russia in international climate politics
Chapter 6: The Shared Terrain of Science and Politics
Appendix 1: Anonymized overview of interviewees in interview set 1
Appendix 2: Anonymized overview of interviewees in interview set 2
Appendix 3: Chapter 3 Primary Sources from Rossiskaya Gazeta (RG) (organized by year)

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