A Climate of Change: Ecological modernisation and the politics of carbon trading in Australia

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Title A Climate of Change: Ecological modernisation and the politics of carbon trading in Australia
Author Howes, Michael James
Publication Title Politics and International Relations
Editor Geoffrey Hawker
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Macquarie University
Abstract Climate change has been cast in many different roles - from a global swindle to a comprehensive market failure. It has even been suggested that this is the great moral challenge of our time. The school of ecological modernisation (EM) reconstructs the issue as a challenge that has been generated by inefficiency. It proposes better technological and institutional design as the core of an effective response. The focus of this paper is on mitigation strategies at the national level, with particular attention paid to carbon trading (also known as greenhouse gas emissions trading systems). The history that led to the Rudd Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the resistance to this policy is discussed. This paper outlines five program themes of strong EM: technological innovation; engaging with economic imperatives; political and institutional change; transforming the role of social movements; and, discursive change. These themes are then used to analyse the development of climate policy in Australia. Overall it is argued that reconstructing the issue using strong EM is a strategy that can overcome the current resistance to carbon trading by selling the change as a win for both business and the environment. Further, it offers the opportunity to identify significant policy improvements.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.pol.mq.edu.au/apsa/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
Conference name Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009
Location Macquarie University
Date From 2009-09-27
Date To 2009-09-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29330
Date Accessioned 2009-11-20
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Politics
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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