Recent Publication: "The Tradegy of the Few" by Theresa Scavenius – University of Copenhagen

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12 April 2016

Recent Publication: "The Tradegy of the Few" by Theresa Scavenius

Scavenius, Theresa. 2015. "The Tradegy of the Few" Res Publica, 22 (1)

In this article a rights-based understanding of climate politics is elaborated and defended, that is, one that takes climate politics to concern the rights to access of natural resources as opposed to people’s economic incentives. The argument contains two parts. The first is negative: to demonstrate that the tragedy of the commons as a story of climate change is inadequate. The second is positive: to suggest a more satisfactory framework, which I call the tragedy of the few. In this view, climate politics is neither primarily mitigation nor economic incentive politics, but one of distributing rights to access natural resources in a fair and environmentally-friendly way. By changing both the narrative and underlying methodological assumptions, the goal is to enable us to accommodate the rights to access natural resources as a key moral issue in climate politics.