Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences [NOOK Book]

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Over the past few decades, the governance of nature has taken its most radical turn. The most influential change in economic and social regulation has seen a dramatic reprise of liberal faith in less regulated markets and minimalist states, underpinned by advocacy for extending exclusive property rights to nearly everything imaginable. This complex turn, with its countless yet uncharted implications for environmental quality and governance, is captured by the contentious concept of neoliberalism. Today, ...

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Overview

Over the past few decades, the governance of nature has taken its most radical turn. The most influential change in economic and social regulation has seen a dramatic reprise of liberal faith in less regulated markets and minimalist states, underpinned by advocacy for extending exclusive property rights to nearly everything imaginable. This complex turn, with its countless yet uncharted implications for environmental quality and governance, is captured by the contentious concept of neoliberalism. Today, neoliberalism provides the context and direction for how humans affect and interact with the non-human world and with one another. But what does this mean for nature?

This volume brings together specific case studies that span more than two decades of experience and evidence linking neoliberalism with concrete environmental changes, politics, and outcomes in diverse, international contexts. It evaluates specific political ecologies and dynamics, and the implications of particular neoliberal reforms and enforcements, while collectively affording new contributors and readers the possibility of thinking comparatively across sectors and geographic contexts. Such specificity and comparative potential serves important analytical functions because it allows the authors and editors to craft stronger, more credible answers to the central questions of what neoliberalism is and what it entails in specific sorts of circumstances.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135983307
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 310
  • File size: 889 KB

Table of Contents


List of figures     viii
Notes on contributors     ix
Acknowledgments     xii
Introduction: false promises   Nik Heynen   James McCarthy   Scott Prudham   Paul Robbins     1
Enclosure and privatization     23
The last enclosure: resisting privatization of wildlife in the western United States   Paul Robbins   April Luginbuhl     25
Privatizing conditions of production: trade agreements as neoliberal environmental governance   James McCarthy     38
Dispossessing H[subscript 2]O: the contested terrain of water privatization   Erik Swyngedouw     51
Neoliberalism in the oceans: "rationalization," property rights, and the commons question   Becky Mansfield     63
Acts of enclosure: claim staking and land conversion in Guyana's gold fields   Gavin Bridge     74
Commentary
Enclosure and privatization of neoliberal environments   Nancy Lee Peluso     89
Neoliberal primitive accumulation   Jim Glassman     94
Commodification and marketization     99
Neoliberalizing nature? Market environmentalism in water supply in England and Wales   Karen Bakker     101
The neoliberalization of ecosystem services: wetlandmitigation banking and the problem of measurement   Morgan M. Robertson     114
Weak or strong multifunctionality? Agri-environmental resistance to neoliberal trade policies   Gail Hollander     126
Re-regulating the urban water regime in neoliberal Toronto   Douglas Young   Roger Keil     139
Commentary
Neoliberalism and the regulation of "environment"   Neil Brenner   Nik Theodore     153
Devolution and neoliberal governmentalities     161
Poisoning the well: neoliberalism and the contamination of municipal water in Walkerton, Ontario   Scott Prudham     163
Un-real estate: proprietary space and public gardening   Nick Blomley     177
Scalar dialectics in green: urban private property and the contradictions of the neoliberalization of nature   Nik Heynen   Harold A. Perkins     190
Neoliberalism and environmental justice policy   Ryan Holifield     202
Commentary
Neoliberal governmentalities   Wendy Larner     217
Neoliberal environments, technologies of governance and governance of technologies   Dianne Rocheleau     221
Resistance     229
A "continuous and ample supply": sustained yield timber production in northern New Mexico   David Correia      231
Neoliberalism and the struggle for land in Brazil   Wendy Wolford     243
Enclosure and economic identity in New England fisheries   Kevin St. Martin     255
Commentary
Researching resistance in a time of neoliberal entanglements   Juanita Sundberg     269
What might resistance to neoliberalism consist of?   Michael Watts     273
Conclusion     279
Neoliberal ecologies   Noel Castree     281
Conclusion: unnatural consequences   Nik Heynen   James McCarthy   Scott Prudham   Paul Robbins     287
Index     292
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