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[Aidan While]From sustainable development to carbon
2009年06月11日 海外传真 暂无评论

 From sustainable development to carboncontrol: eco-state restructuring and the

politics of urban and regional development

Aidan While*, Andrew E G Jonas** and David Gibbs**

The management of carbon emissions holds some prospect for challenging sustainable development as the organising principle of socio-environmental regulation. This paper explores the rise of a distinctive low-carbon polity as an ideological state project, and examines its potential ramifications for the regulation of economy–environment relations at the urban and regional scale. Carbon control would seem to introduce a new set of values into state regulation and this might open up possibilities for challenging mainstream modes of urban and regional development in a manner not possible under sustainable development. But low-carbon restructuring also portends intensified uneven development, new forms of state control and a socially uneven reworking of state–
society relations. In order to explore these issues we start by setting out a framework for conceptualising environmental regulation based around the idea of eco-state restructuring. This idea is introduced to capture the conflicts, power struggles and strategic selectivities involved as governments seek to reconcile environmental protection with multiple other pressures and demands. Overall the paper seeks to make a distinctive
contribution to theoretical work on state environmental regulation and the emerging spatial dimensions of climate policy.

key words: climate policy territorial carbon management urban and regional
development environmental regulation

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*Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
email: a.h.while@sheffield.ac.uk

**Department of Geography, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK

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