Carbon Calculation and the Urban Green Economic Opportunity

EADSON, William and WHILE, Aidan (2021). Carbon Calculation and the Urban Green Economic Opportunity. In: FAIRBASS, Jenny M. and VASILAKOS, Nicholas, (eds.) Emerging Governance of a Green Economy. Cambridge University Press, 127-147.

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This chapter examines how definitions of the green economy and shaped by and seek to shape norms and discourses of economic development. It draws on multi-level governance theories alongside literature from critical accounting to investigate ways that urban policy actors have sought to make the case for investment in the green economy. The chapter aims to expand existing conceptualisations of the politics of calculation (in a multi-level governance context) to illuminate how calculations represent a range of assumptions about territory, the way people live and the nature of place and society in the present and the future. Empirically, the chapter focuses on a series of ‘Mini-Stern’ reports commissioned by urban governments in England that took as inspiration Nicholas Stern’s influential 2006 report on the economics of climate change. The chapter analyses how these reports use various calculative devices relating to carbon reduction in order to justify, de-risk and legitimise what might be seen as experimental or risky policy options; and the implications for how cities are represented as a result.

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Page Range: 127-147
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 12:07
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