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An ontological politics of comparative environmental analysis: the green economy and local diversity

Forsyth, Tim and Levidow, Les (2015). An ontological politics of comparative environmental analysis: the green economy and local diversity. Global Environmental Politics, 15(3) pp. 140–151.

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Abstract

This article contributes to comparative environmental politics by integrating comparative analysis with debates about ontological politics as well as science and technology studies. Comparative environmental analysis makes two tacit assumptions: that the subject of comparison (e.g., an environmental policy framework) is mobile and can be detached from its contexts; and that studying this subject in more than one location can identify its diffusion and implementation anywhere. These assumptions are sites of ontological politics by predetermining (or restricting) environmental outcomes. Environmental analysis needs to consider how its own comparative acts might reify supposedly global frameworks rather than acknowledging how different localities appropriate and give meaning to them in diverse ways. The concept of civic epistemologies illustrates how domestic politics are organized around supposedly global concepts, rather than how global concepts diffuse around the world, as illustrated here by a comparative analysis of the United Nations’ Green Economy Initiative.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ISSN: 1536-0091
Keywords: comparative environmental analysis; ontological politics; global concepts; reification
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 43662
Depositing User: Les Levidow
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 08:10
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43662
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