Beck, Silke. 1999. "The Cultural Climate of Global Climate Change: Site of Resistance or Reconstruction?" Global Environmental Assessment Project Research Proposal, December.
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Assessments are often viewed as documents detached from time and space. In particular, global assessments are supposed to embrace both the moves from the particular to the universal (in the domain of knowledge, ideas and beliefs) and thereby applying to everyone, as well as from the local to the global in the domain of political action and choice, thereby applying everywhere in scope.
Recent studies show that underneath the overall pattern of globalization one can discern distinct national styles of climate science and policy. In my paper, I probe the link between national and global assessments of Climate Change. In the first part, I reveal the tension between the global and cultural (national) shaping of climate research and policy concentrating on the linkage between forms and modes of participation and their embeddedness in procedural contexts and wider social and cultural frameworks. In the second part, I take into the interplay and the mutual influences between the different levels and cultures. First, I am concentrating on the feedback between the national and international arena. Second, I take into the interplay and the mutual influences between the different cultures involved in production of assessments: scientists but also government officials, industry and NGO representatives. I analyze how globalization is perceived, presented and embedded in broader narratives and frameworks within these different cultures.
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