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The New Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance and Contestation

Peter Newell (Editor), Max Boykoff (Editor), Emily Boyd (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-31594-1
276 pages
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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The New Carbon Economy provides a critical understanding of the carbon economy. It offers key insights into the constitution, governance and effects of the carbon economy, across a variety of geographical settings.
  • Examines different dimensions of the carbon economy from a range of disciplinary angles in a diversity of settings
  • Provides ways for researchers to subject claims of newness and uniqueness to critical scrutiny
  • Historicizes claims of the 'newness' of the carbon economy
  • Covers a range of geographical settings including Europe, the US and Central America
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List of Contributors vii

1 The “New” Carbon Economy: What’s New?
Emily Boyd, Maxwell Boykoff and Peter Newell 1

2 The Matter of Carbon: Understanding the Materiality of tCO2e in Carbon Offsets
Adam G. Bumpus 13

3 Making Markets Out of Thin Air: A Case of Capital Involution
María Gutíerrez 41

4 Between Desire and Routine: Assembling Environment and Finance in Carbon Markets
Philippe Descheneau and Matthew Paterson 65

5 Ecological Modernisation and the Governance of Carbon: A Critical Analysis
Ian Bailey, Andy Gouldson and Peter Newell 85

6 Accounting for Carbon: The Role of Accounting Professional Organisations in Governing Climate Change
Heather Lovell and Donald MacKenzie 107

7 Realizing Carbon’s Value: Discourse and Calculation in the Production of Carbon Forestry Offsets in Costa Rica
David M. Lansing 135

8 Resisting and Reconciling Big Wind: Middle Landscape Politics in the New American West
Roopali Phadke 159

Index 183

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Peter Newell is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. Prior to this he was Professor of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia and held posts at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization at Warwick University, the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), FLACSO Argentina and Climate Network Europe in Brussels. He is associate editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics. His climate publications include Climate for Change (2000), The Business of Global Environmental Governance (2005), Climate Capitalism (2010), and Governing Climate Change (2010).

Maxwell Boykoff is an Assistant Professor in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In addition, he is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. His publications include the books Who Speaks for Climate?: Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change (2011), and the edited volume The Politics of Climate Change (2009).

Emily Boyd is a Reader in Environmental Change and Human Communities in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading. Previously Emily was a lecturer in Environment and Development in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, and deputy director of the Leeds University Centre for Global Development. In addition, Emily is also a visiting researcher at Oxford University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her publications include Climate Change a Beginners Guide (2010) and Adapting Institutions, Governance and Complexity: Insights for Social-ecological Resilience (2011, in press).

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“This book should serve as excellent platform to stimulate further scholarly engagement with this extremely important topic.”  (New Zealand Geographer, 1 April 2013)

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