Ambiente & Sociedade
Print version ISSN 1414-753X
SWYNGEDOUW, Erik. Whose environment?: the end of nature, climate change and the process of post-politicization. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.2, pp.69-87. ISSN 1414-753X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2011000200006.
The paper explores how the elevation of the environmental question, in particular the problem of climate change, to a global and consensually established public concern is both a marker of and constituent force in the production of de-politicization. The paper has four parts. First, I problematize the question of Nature and the environment. Second, the case of climate change policy is presented as cause célèbre of de-politicization. The third part relates this argument to the views of political theorists who argue that the political constitution of western democracies is increasingly marked by the consolidation of post-political and post-democratic arrangements. Fourth, I discuss the climate change consensus in light of the post-political thesis. I conclude that the matter of the environment and climate change in particular, needs to be displaced onto the terrain of the properly political.
Keywords : climate change policy.