After Barack Obama won the presidency, many hoped to see a major change in U.S. climate policy, but those hopes were soon dashed both on the international front – at COP15 in Copenhagen – and then domestically, when climate legislation failed in Congress. Partisan divisions have prevented any major progress since.

This chapter draws on the literature on paradigm shifts to shed light on the last several years’ developments, looking at both the cultural/cognitive and institutional/structural processes required to support major societal shifts.

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Are established economic, social and political practices capable of dealing with the combined crises of climate change and the global economic system? Will falling back on the wisdoms that contributed to the crisis help us to find ways forward or simply reconfigure risk in another guise?

This volume argues that the combination of global environmental change and global economic restructuring require a re-thinking of the priorities, processes and underlying values that shape contemporary development aspirations and policy. It brings together leading scholars to address these questions from several disciplinary perspectives: environmental sociology, human geography, international development, systems thinking, political sciences, philosophy, economics and policy/management science.

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