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The Journals division of the MIT Press began in 1969 with two quarterly publications. Today, we publish 30 titles in the arts and humanities, economics, international affairs, history, political science, science and technology. We were one of the first university presses to offer its titles electronically, and the division continues to adopt technologies that allow us to better support the scholarly mission and disseminate our content widely. The division publishes journals owned by the MIT Press as well as journals sponsored by various societies and associations. We offer a suite of traditional and digital services that can be customized to fit each journal’s needs.


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The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

Climate Change and Energy Scarcity

Jörg Friedrichs

The future is not what it used to be because we can no longer rely on the comforting assumption that it will resemble the past. Past abundance of fuel, for example, does not imply unending abundance. Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible. In this book, Jörg Friedrichs argues that industrial society itself is transitory, and he examines the prospects for our civilization's coming to terms with its two most imminent choke points: climate change and energy scarcity. He offers a thorough and accessible account of these two challenges as well as the linkages between them.Friedrichs contends that industrial civilization cannot outlast our ability to burn fossil fuels and that the demise of industrial society would entail cataclysmic change, including population decreases. To understand the social and political implications, he examines historical cases of climate stress and energy scarcity: devastating droughts in the ancient Near East; the Little Ice Age in the medieval Far North; the Japanese struggle to prevent "fuel starvation" from 1918 to 1945; the "totalitarian retrenchment" of the North Korean governing class after the end of Soviet oil deliveries; and Cuba's socioeconomic adaptation to fuel scarcity in the 1990s. He draws important lessons about the likely effects of climate and energy disruptions on different kinds of societies.The warnings of climate scientists are met by denial and inaction, while energy experts offer little guidance on the effects of future scarcity. Friedrichs suggests that to confront our predicament we must affirm our core values and take action to transform our way of life. Whether we are private citizens or public officials, complacency is not an option: climate change and energy scarcity are emerging facts of life.

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George Santayana's Marginalia, A Critical Selection

Book Two, McCord–Zeller

George Santayana

A selection of Santayana’s notes in the margins of other authors’ works that sheds light on his thought, art, and life.

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George Santayana's Marginalia, A Critical Selection

Book One, Abell–Lucretius

George Santayana

A selection of Santayana’s notes in the margins of other authors’ works that sheds light on his thought, art, and life.

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Global Biopolitics of the IUD

How Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies

Chikako Takeshita

The biography of a multifaceted technological object, the IUD, illuminates how political contexts shaped contraceptive development, marketing, use, and users.

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Global Commons, Domestic Decisions

The Comparative Politics of Climate Change

Edited by Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom

Comparative case studies and analyses of the influence of domestic politics on countries’ climate change policies and Kyoto ratification decisions.

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Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered

Edited by Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg

An examination of three major trends in global governance, exemplified by developments in transnational environmental rule-setting.

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Global Environmental Politics

Vol. 3 (2003) through current issue

Global Environmental Politics examines the relationship between global political forces and environmental change, with particular attention given to the implications of local-global interactions for environmental management as well as the implications of environmental change for world politics. Contributions to the journal come from across the disciplines including political science, international relations, sociology, history, human geography, public policy, science and technology studies, environmental ethics, law, economics, and environmental science.

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Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals

Challenges of Multilevel Management

Henrik Selin

An analysis of the regime for the management of hazardous chemicals, highlighting the insights it provides for effective multilevel governance in other areas.

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Good Green Jobs in a Global Economy

Making and Keeping New Industries in the United States

David J. Hess

An examination of the politics of green jobs that foresees a potential ideological shift away from neoliberalism toward “developmentalism.”

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Governing the Air

The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction

Edited by Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist

Experts offer theoretical and empirical analyses that view the regulation of transboundary air pollution as a dynamic process.

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