Powerful Words

Hello from HÍ! After a refreshing swim this morning at Vesturbæjarlaug, I’m working on a final paper on climate change policy in the warm embrace of Askja, my favorite university building.

I came across this very nice quote in some of my reading material, and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a pleasant departure in reading policy discussions when form and function meet and a concept is explained so succinctly and clearly.

From Architectures of Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World:

“Politics and policy fall along a continuum. At one end of the spectrum, we can take present political realities as a given; at the other, we can regard them as contingent and transitory. But even at the ideal-policy end of the spectrum, where current political realities do not represent a constraint, analysis must be consistent with immutable, intrinsic features of the political system – it cannot assume, for example, that states will cease being motivated by self-interest. Otherwise it will become purely utopian.”

Stay warm!

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