By Dave Toke

Adapting the golf green critique of the exterior expenses of financial progress, this quantity examines the hyperlinks among tension, social department and over the top festival which are linked to the neoliberal discourse. Discourse research is utilized in a serious demeanour to check the way in which that environmental concerns are formed. The ebook demanding situations proven notions of the function of scientists, environmental teams and the generally presumed centrality of rational selection research in political technological know-how is wondered.

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My personal views are antagonistic to nuclear power and very much in favour of renewable energy. But I do want to point out that establishing why things happen is extremely problematic; discourse analysis avoids answering such questions, restricting itself instead to looking at how things happen. No doubt one could argue that renewable energy is now seen as being more in tune with progress than nuclear power, or alternatively perhaps that renewable energy (which comes in relatively small, independent packages) fits in more easily with the post-privatisation institutions, but the causation is indeterminate.

However, the experience of the US nuclear power 32 Green Politics and Neo-liberalism industry ought to provide caution against any over-enthusiastic embrace of the notion that the market can deliver ‘objective’ truth that is unfettered by the influences of dominant discourses of the time. More than 100 nuclear reactors were put in place in the United States, constituting by far the largest concentration of nuclear power in the world, under the aegis of the private sector. The cost of doing so is still a matter of controversy today.

Discussing the interaction of structure and agency, he comments that: Power is a question of agency, of influencing or ‘having an effect’ upon the structures which set contexts and define the range of possibilities of others. This suggests the need for a relational conception of both structure and agency: One person’s agency is another person’s structure. Attributing agency is therefore attributing power (both causal and actual). (Hay 1995: 191) 20 Green Politics and Neo-liberalism But, if both structures and agents influence the actions of others, if one person’s agency is another person’s structure and if attributing agency is attributing power, then it follows that attributing structure, through the study of discourse, is also attributing power.

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