A part and yet apart: how third sector visions of carbon reduction are both welcomed and marginalised

DOBSON, Julian (2020). A part and yet apart: how third sector visions of carbon reduction are both welcomed and marginalised. Voluntary Sector Review, 11 (2), 187-204.

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The role of the third sector in promoting action on carbon reduction is often that of a third party, lobbying and working from the sidelines and occupying ‘green niches’ (Seyfang, 2010) without direct access to levers of power. This article examines how visions of low-carbon futures promoted by third sector actors are both integrated and marginalised at a wider institutional scale. Focusing on efforts to encourage environmental sustainability by organisations within three northern English cities, it highlights how a process of ‘integrative marginalisation’ may be observed, in which radical visions of a low-carbon future are simultaneously embraced and excluded at an institutional scale. Integrative marginalisation displays four salient features: initial welcome and acceptance; relatively small investments of support; the exclusion of substantial changes from mainstream decision making; and the assertion of institutional priorities that limit potential action. Integrative marginalisation thus raises questions about the conditions required to prompt more fundamental change.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version can be found online at: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/tpp/vsr/2020/00000011/00000002/art00005
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1605 Policy and Administration
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080519x15756858754217
Page Range: 187-204
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:54
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 16:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27146

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