Too Big to Handle - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Question of Why Societies Ignore Looming Disasters
Systemic risks such as climate change and pandemics, and natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and asteroids, are often too big to handle physically, but they are no longer ‘Acts of God’ and beyond human understanding and the possibility of prevention and disaster relief preparation. Indeed, in many of these areas there is much talk, less action and only paltry gains. This free to access special issue of Global Policy explores the question of when and why societies are unable to handle these looming disasters. It stems from a conference held on 9th and 10th October 2014, at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, also popularly and internationally known as the WIKO), well known for its encouragement of cross-disciplinary interactions.
Special Issue Articles
- Philip Kitcher - Masking The Meaningful
- Andreas Glöckner - Psychology and Disaster: Why We Do Not See Looming Disasters and How Our Way of Thinking Causes Them
- Françoise Lavocat - Catastrophes To Come: What Can Literature Tell Us?
- Todd Sandler - Strategic Aspects of Difficult Global Challenges
- Scott Barrett - Collective Action to Avoid Catastrophe: When Countries Succeed, When They Fail, and Why
- Susan Rose-Ackerman - The Limits of Cost/Benefit Analysis When Disasters Loom
- Jonathan B. Wiener - The Tragedy of the Uncommons: On the Politics of Apocalypse
- Anne van Aaken - Is International Law Conducive To Preventing Looming Disasters?
- Janis Antonovics - The Value of Concept: Lessons from the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance
- Peter Kareiva and Emma Fuller - Beyond Resilience: How to Better Prepare for the Profound Disruption of the Anthropocene