Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Publication: The politics of carbon markets: an introduction by Benjamin Stephana & Matthew Patersonb

The politics of carbon markets: an introductionEnvironmental Politics
Volume 21, Issue 4, 2012
Special Issue: The Politics of Carbon Markets

by Benjamin Stephana & Matthew Patersonb

Version of record first published: 11 Jul 2012

This overview of the existing political analysis of carbon markets identifies three broad strands in the literature. The first is concerned with the processes by which particular carbon market schemes are established. The second focuses on the role of particular actors in the creation of carbon markets. The third strand assesses carbon markets on efficiency, legitimacy or justice grounds. This existing literature is contrasted with the framework developed by the contributions to this volume. Broadly drawing on constructivist and poststructuralist approaches, the carbon economy is deconstructed, its history scrutinised and the practices and technologies that have been used to bring these markets into being are highlighted. Thus it is demonstrated that politics is not limited to the policy process leading up to the decision to implement an emissions trading scheme or offset mechanism, but is also present in the forms of knowledge claims that underpin these markets, as well as the various daily practices that constitute them.

For more info: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09644016.2012.688353

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