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Coproducing the Endangered Polar Bear: Science, Climate Change, and Legal Mobilization

Vanhala, L; (2020) Coproducing the Endangered Polar Bear: Science, Climate Change, and Legal Mobilization. Law & Policy , 42 (2) pp. 105-124. 10.1111/lapo.12144. Green open access

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Abstract

Applying insights from science and technology studies about the “coproduction” of science and sociopolitical order to research on legal mobilization yields important theoretical insights. Using the polar bear petition campaign by the Center for Biological Diversity as an illustrative case, this article shows how this protracted legal campaign around protection of the polar bear and its habitat opened up new legal opportunities for those advocating for the regulation of carbon emissions, mandated state-sponsored generation of climate science, legally constructed the polar bear as “endangered,” and helped to shape the priorities of the nongovernmental organization itself.

Type: Article
Title: Coproducing the Endangered Polar Bear: Science, Climate Change, and Legal Mobilization
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12144
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/lapo.12144
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094910
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