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Governance Through Economic Paradigms: Addressing Climate Change by Accounting for Health

Belesova, K; Kelman, I; Boyd, R; (2016) Governance Through Economic Paradigms: Addressing Climate Change by Accounting for Health. Politics and Governance , 4 (4) pp. 87-96. 10.17645/pag.v4i4.729. Green open access

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Abstract

Climate change is a major challenge for sustainable development, impacting human health, wellbeing, security, and livelihoods. While the post-2015 development agenda sets out action on climate change as one of the Sustainable Development Goals, there is little provision on how this can be achieved in tandem with the desired economic progress and the required improvements in health and wellbeing. This paper examines synergies and tensions between the goals addressing climate change and economic progress. We identify reductionist approaches in economics, such as ‘externalities’, reliance on the metric of the Gross Domestic Product, positive discount rates, and short-term profit targets as some of the key sources of tensions between these goals. Such reductionist approaches could be addressed by intersectoral governance mechanisms. Health in All Policies, health-sensitive macro-economic progress indicators, and accounting for long-term and non-monetary values are some of the approaches that could be adapted and used in governance for the SDGs. Policy framing of climate change and similar issues should facilitate development of intersectoral governance approaches.

Type: Article
Title: Governance Through Economic Paradigms: Addressing Climate Change by Accounting for Health
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.17645/pag.v4i4.729
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/pag.v4i4.729
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 by the authors; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY).
Keywords: climate change; disaster risk reduction; economic growth; health; health in all policies; sustainable development; sustainable development goals
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1533687
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