Capitalism and Climate Change: Theoretical Discussion, Historical Development and Policy Responses

This pathbreaking book by Max Koch discusses (Lund University) climate change as a social issue by analysing its development in parallel with capitalism. By integrating political economy and environmental economics, it examines the incompatibility of the imperatives of capitalist development and the physical limits of the earth. The regulation approach is used to make an empirical analysis of the links between accumulation regimes, modes of consumption, energy regimes and climate change during the two recent growth periods: Fordism and finance-driven capitalism. It also assesses the potential of the global governance network for dealing with climate change.

To the book (free access to Introduction chapter)

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