Special Issue: “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change”

The theme of ‘Changing the Debate on Europe’ reflects both Lord Dahrendorf’s understanding of the duty of the intellectual to pose the questions that otherwise no one dares to ask (Dahrendorf, 1963) and his consistent focus on Europe as the ultimate space with the potential to achieve real and relevant democracy and an ‘open society’.

For 2013 the three partners, the Hertie School of Governance (Hertie School), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Stiftung Mercator, concentrated on one core issue: climate change. This was chosen because climate change is perceived to be one of the most complex threats of the 21st century. The ability of the EU to adapt to climate change will affect significantly the EU’s international relevance in the years to come. Furthermore the partners wished to reflect the role of the EU as an actor in climate change policy with 2013 being the year in which the Eastern European Group took its turn in hosting the Conference of Parties in Warsaw, Poland.

Central to the Dahrendorf Symposium series is the aim to create an interface between excellent, state-of-the art academic research and policy making. Consequently, this special issue of Global Policy alternates between contributions by academics and by practitioners. A further aim is interdisciplinarity. Therefore analyses derive from the field of philosophy, history, sociology, economy, law and political science.

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Global Policy (October, 2014)
Special Issue: “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change”
edited by Helmut K. Anheier, Marie Julie Chenard and O. Arne Westad

About the Authors

  • Helmut K. Anheier is president and dean, and professor of sociology at the Hertie School of Governance.
  • Dr Günther H. Oettinger is European Commissioner for Energy, a position he has held since 10 February 2010.
  • Felix Creutzig is a physicist turned human-earth system economist and heads the group ‘Land use, infrastructures and transport’ at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin.
  • Marcus Hedahl is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the US Naval Academy.
  • James Rydge is an economist at the Global Green Growth Institute.
  • Kacper Szulecki is a political scientist and an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Professor for the Economics of Climate Change at Technical University Berlin.
  • Jan Christoph Steckel, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, Germany, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany and Technical University of Berlin, Department Economics of Climate Change, Berlin, Germany.
  • Michael Jakob, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, Germany and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is Co-Chair, International Resource Panel (UNEP) and Co-President of The Club of Rome (Emmendingen, Germany).
  • Andrzej Ancygier is a Dahrendorf Research Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance and lecturer at the New York University in Berlin.
  • Dr Norbert Röttgen has served as German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety since October 2009 and Deputy Chair of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany since November 2010.
  • Kacper Szulecki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.
  • Cem Özdemir is the Co-Chairman of the German Green Party (Alliance ‘90/The Greens).
  • Markus Steigenberger is Deputy Director of Agora Energiewende, a Berlin-based think tank and energy policy lab, where he oversees its European work.
  • Dr Lars Grotewold is Programme Director, Climate Change at Stiftung Mercator in Essen.
  • Alexander Ruser is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Zeppelin University and was a Dahrendorf Fellow at Hertie School of Governance and Research Fellow with the Global Institutional Development Research Group at the Max Weber Institute of Sociology in Heidelberg.
  • Stéphanie Novak is Roman Herzog Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance.
  • Marie Julie Chenard is Manager of the Dahrendorf Symposium Project at LSE and Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS.
  • Arne Westad is Academic Co-director of the Dahrendorf Symposium Project, Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Lord William Wallace of Saltaire is coalition government spokesman and whip in the House of Lords responsible for foreign affairs and the Cabinet Office.