Introduction: a political science perspective on the Anthropocene

T. Hickmann, D.R. Partzsch, P.H. Pattberg, Sabine Weiland

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Over the past decades, it has become more and more obvious that ongoing globalisation processes have substantial impacts on the natural environment. Studies reveal that intensified global economic relations have caused or accelerated dramatic changes in the Earth system, defined as the sum of our planet’s interacting physical, chemical, biological and human processes (Schellnhuber et al. 2004). Climate change, biodiversity loss, disrupted biogeochemical cycles, and land degradation are often cited as emblematic problems of global environmental change (Rockström et al. 2009; Steffen et al. 2015). In this context, the term Anthropocene has lately received widespread attention and gained some prominence in the academic literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Anthropocene Debate and Political Science
EditorsThomas Hickmann, Lena Partzsch, Philipp Pattberg, Sabine Weiland
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351174121, 9781351174114
ISBN (Print)9780815386148
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Anthropocene
  • political science
  • global environmental governance


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