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Isolationism and the equal per capita view

Torpman, Olle (2020). Isolationism and the equal per capita view. Environmental Politics. 30 , 357-375
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Abstract

In climate ethics, there is a debate about how the carbon budget, in terms of emissions permits, should be divided between people. One popular proposal, sometimes called The Equal per Capita View, says that everyone should have an equal share of the available emissions permits. Several authors have objected to this view, arguing that: (i) the equal per capita view implies isolationism since it treats emissions permits in isolation from other considerations of justice such as development, poverty and trade; and (ii) isolationism is implausible since it yields a number of problematic implications; therefore (iii) the equal per capita view is implausible. I examine this argument against the equal per capita view by scrutinizing the presumed problematic implications of isolationism. I show that they are either mistakenly inferred from isolationism or irrelevant as to whether isolationism is plausible or not. I conclude that the equal per capita view should not be discarded for being an isolationist approach. Rather, both isolationism and the equal per capita view should be considered as potential action guides. This result is of relevance to the climate political debate, since it could promote progress in the climate negotiations that are needed for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as set by the Paris Agreement.

Authors/Creators:Torpman, Olle
Title:Isolationism and the equal per capita view
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Politics
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:30
Page range:357-375
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD
ISSN:0964-4016
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Climate Research
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:Isolationism, integrationism, emissions permits, emissions distribution, equal per capita, climate change
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106991
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106991
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/09644016.2020.1785809
Web of Science (WoS)000547091200001
ID Code:23397
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:03 May 2021 18:44
Metadata Last Modified:03 Aug 2021 14:05

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