How neoliberalism and ecological modernisation shaped environmental policy in Australia

Coffey, Brian and Marston, Greg (2013) How neoliberalism and ecological modernisation shaped environmental policy in Australia. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 15 2: 179-199. doi:10.1080/1523908X.2012.746868

Author Coffey, Brian
Marston, Greg
Title How neoliberalism and ecological modernisation shaped environmental policy in Australia
Journal name Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-908X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1523908X.2012.746868
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 199
Total pages 21
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract ‘Sustainability’ provides the dominant frame within which environmental policy debate occurs, notwithstanding its divergent meanings. However, how different discourses combine to shape understanding of the environment, the causes of environmental issues, and the responses required, is less clear cut. Drawing primarily on the approach to critical discourse analysis (CDA) developed by Fairclough, this paper explores the way in which neoliberal and ecologically modern discourses combine to shape environmental policy. Environmental scholars have made relatively little use of this approach to CDA to date, despite the significant interest in the discursive aspects of environmental issues, and its wide use in other areas of policy interest. Using the case of environmental policy-making in Victoria, Australia, this paper illustrates how neoliberalism and weak ecological modernization represented sustainability in ways that seriously limited the importance of environmental issues.
Keyword Neoliberalism
Ecological modernization
Critical discourse analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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