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Green governmentality, responsibilization and resistance: International ENGOs’ issue framing of future energy supply and climate change mitigation
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Socijalna Ekologija, ISSN 1330-0113, E-ISSN 1849-0360, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 87-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The starting point for this paper is the increasing shift towards green governmentality as a particular mode of governance in the Western world, implying a shift from state-centered regulation to market-based mechanisms. In this paper, we are particularly interested in the role of environmental nongovernmental organizations (ENGOs) in this form of governance. The central question concerns how international ENGOs’ approaches to energy supply and climate mitigation can be understood as aligned with or dissenting from green governmentality. To approach this issue, we analyze the major energy reports of three international ENGOs –i.e. Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and WWF –focusing on their issue framings of future energy supply and climate change mitigation. We conclude that these ENGOs’ issue framings are aligned with green governmentality to varying degrees, involving the economization of environmental issues and the responsibilization and moralization of economic actions. Th ese ENGOs also to varying degrees express opposition or resistance to this mode of governance, for example, by opening up the discussion of various aspects of responsibility, including both remedy and culpability.

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Croatian Sociological Society, Institute of Sociology at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb , 2017. Vol. 26, no 3, p. 87-104
Keywords [en]
green governmentality, responsibilization, politics of responsibility, ENGOs, energy supply, climate change
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63740DOI: 10.17234/SocEkol.26.3.2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63740DiVA, id: diva2:1169999
Available from: 2018-01-02 Created: 2018-01-02 Last updated: 2018-08-28Bibliographically approved

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