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The post-politics of the green economy in Turkey: re-claiming the future?
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (Environmental Humanities Lab)
2017 (English)In: Journal of political ecology, ISSN 1073-0451, E-ISSN 1073-0451, Vol. 24, 277-295 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The green  economy  is  often  defined as an economic configu ration  that  results  in  improved  human  well - being  and  social  equity,  while  reducing   (or  at  least  decoupling  from)   environmental  risks .  It  is  elusive,   and  can  be  read  as  a  new  way  of  ensuring  and  maintaining  capital  accumulation  accompanied  by   neoliberal  austerity  policies ,  where   a  green  rationale  is  required  to  maintain  the  structural  roots  of  the   global political economy. As such, critics  often  identify  its  self -contradictory nature , in  giving  legitimacy  and coherence to a number of  public  policies.  This article  critically  examines  the  post- politicisation of  the  green economy , by  tracing its social construction and meaning -making .  In doing  so,  it follows the  green  economy  debate  in  the   post -politicization  of  the  environment  in  Turkey,  a  rapidly  developing  country   with  significant  socio -ecological  challenges.  Th e  analysis  suggests  that  the  green  economy  will  become   more important at Turkey tr ies to meet  international environmental  agreements .  Th e article sheds light on  its  preparatory  report  for   the  Rio+20   Summit,   titled  Turkey' s  sustainable  development  report:  claiming   the  futu re 2012 .  We  find  that  the  green economy serves as a useful discursive tool to legitimize a  state - facilitated, market -driven,  full -frontal assault on ecosystems in Turkey, particularly in  the energy sector.  We  argue  that  a   clear  rejection  of  such  framings   and  the  development   of  alternatives  to  post - politicization,  are  the two key challenges  facing  the environmental movement in the country.

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2017. Vol. 24, 277-295 p.
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green economy; Turkey
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-203895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-203895DiVA: diva2:1082983
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-03-20

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