Climate Change Adaptation: Existential Threat, Welfare States and Legal Management

20 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2018

Date Written: November 6, 2018

Abstract

English abstract: This paper contrasts knowledge frames for climate change and displacement. First the paper explains the abstract human rights arguments about displacement in climate change and disaster. In contrast, management and claims under lawsuits about climate change and displacement are place-based. The paper then draws on data about knowledge and management strategies in a particular place in the United States, and on a close reading of legal reasoning in a post-disaster domestic housing case in the United States. The paper relies on interpretive methods. Although legal reasoning is often represented as distinctive in how it transforms stories into decisions, it shares characteristics with other forms of policy reasoning. Institutional reasoning transforms the “existential threat” of climate change into managed parts. The paper argues that intervening concerning climate change and displacement requires shifting from broad claims in the drama of climate change and rights to following tactics logical within particular institutions.

Spanish abstract: Este artículo realiza un contraste entre marcos de conocimiento para el cambio climático y el desplazamiento de la población. Primero, explica los argumentos abstractos sobre derechos humanos; por contra, la gestión y las reclamaciones judiciales sobre cambio climático y desplazamiento se basan en el lugar. A continuación, se parte de datos sobre estrategias de conocimiento y gestión en un lugar concreto, y de una cuidadosa lectura del razonamiento jurídico en un caso sobre vivienda post-desastre. Nos basamos en métodos interpretativos. A pesar de que a menudo se presenta como rasgo distintivo del razonamiento jurídico el transformar historias en decisiones, comparte características con otros tipos de razonamiento de políticas. El razonamiento institucional transforma la “amenaza existencial” del cambio climático en partes gestionadas. Se argumenta que, para intervenir sobre el cambio climático y el desplazamiento, es necesario pasar de reclamaciones generales a tácticas lógicas dentro de instituciones concretas.

Keywords: Disaster, sea level rise, social welfare, institutional logics, Desastre, subida del nivel del mar, bienestar social, lógica institucional

Suggested Citation

Sterett, Susan M., Climate Change Adaptation: Existential Threat, Welfare States and Legal Management (November 6, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3279497

Susan M. Sterett (Contact Author)

Public Policy ( email )

1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
United States

HOME PAGE: http://susanmsterett.com

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