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Record number 436883
Title Carbon flows, carbon markets, and low-carbon lifestyles: reflecting on the role of markets in climate governance
Author(s) Spaargaren, G.; Mol, A.P.J.
Source Environmental Politics 22 (2013)1. - ISSN 0964-4016 - p. 174 - 193.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) ecological modernization - sustainable consumption - governance - environment - modernity - politics
Abstract The role of carbon markets in governing global carbon flows triggers substantial debates among policymakers, social movements and social scientists. The present debate on carbon markets is different from the earlier debate on market-based instruments in environmental politics. Carbon markets represent both more radical and more risky forms of governing global carbon flows, as illustrated by an analysis of both regulatory and voluntary carbon markets operating on the global and personal level. To make use of their environmental potential and to prevent them from generating perverse consequences, carbon markets are to be regulated by state, market and civil society authorities. Embedding carbon markets in civil society means connecting carbon flows to the households and the lifestyles of citizen-consumers in a direct and meaningful manner, which can increase legitimacy and foreground climate change politics among citizen-consumers.
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