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Research Handbook on Climate Governance

Research Handbook on Climate Governance

Edited by Karin Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand

The 2009 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen is often represented as a watershed in global climate politics, when the diplomatic efforts to negotiate a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol failed and was replaced by a fragmented and decentralized climate governance order. In the post-Copenhagen landscape the top-down universal approach to climate governance has gradually given way to a more complex, hybrid and dispersed political landscape involving multiple actors, arenas and sites. The Handbook contains contributions from more than 50 internationally leading scholars and explores the latest trends and theoretical developments of the climate governance scholarship.

Chapter 31: Low-carbon economies

Heather Lovell

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation


This chapter provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the governing of climate change through markets and economies. In particular, it examines—using a range of case studies and examples—where new low carbon economies are being made: the sites and spaces within which new low carbon ways of doing have been forged. The chapter draws primarily on ideas from science and technology studies (STS) and Foucauldian scholarship in order to explore these themes, concluding with a call to encourage more attention to the hidden, professional and expert locales vital to the making of low carbon economies and markets.

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