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The New Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance and Contestation



The New Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance and Contestation

Peter Newell (Editor), Max Boykoff (Editor), Emily Boyd (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-31594-1 February 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 276 Pages


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
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

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