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    Brightening the skies: institutional solutions to the societal and geopolitical risks of space expansionism

    Crawford, Ian (2022) Brightening the skies: institutional solutions to the societal and geopolitical risks of space expansionism. In: Cockell, C.S. (ed.) The Institutions of Extraterrestrial Liberty. Oxford University Press, pp. 119-139. ISBN 9780192897985.

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    In his book, Dark Skies: Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity (Oxford University Press, 2020), Daniel Deudney argues that the expansion of humanity into space will pose unacceptable existential risks for our civilization and, perhaps, our species. Of particular concern are risks of civilization-destroying interplanetary conflict and the rise of totalitarian forms of government, both on Earth and in space. This chapter argues that these risks, although deserving to be taken seriously, may be mitigated by appropriate institutional developments. Near-term possibilities include strengthening the United Nations to give that body greater responsibility for human activities in outer space, and/or the creation of a dedicated World Space Agency. Ultimately, the logic points towards stronger forms of planetary and interplanetary governance organized according to federal principles.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Ian Crawford
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 06:14
    Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 01:10


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