Abstract
ABSTRACT The mainstreaming of environmental concerns paradoxically obscures their political dimension: as the goals of environmentalism become accepted, they are reduced to administrative problems to be solved in a purely technocratic way. This technocratic environmentalism has fueled a populist backlash that challenges the scientific basis of environmentalism. As a result, contemporary environmentalism appears to be stuck in a depoliticizing opposition between technocracy and populism. A possible way out of this depoliticizing trap consists in recognizing the intrinsic contestability of the core premises on which environmentalism is based, since it is not merely the result of a straightforward application of scientifically provable facts, but also depends on normative principles and value choices. This opens the possibility for an internal pluralization of environmentalism, which shifts emphasis from the depoliticizing struggle between technocratic environmentalism and populist anti-environmentalism to the inherently political rivalry between different types of environmentalism.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1080/08913811.2021.1908023
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,209
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement. A Summary.Arne Naess - 1973 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 16 (1-4):95 – 100.
Apocalypse Forever?Erik Swyngedouw - 2010 - Theory, Culture and Society 27 (2-3):213-232.
Populists as Technocrats.Jeffrey Friedman - 2019 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 31 (3-4):315-376.
Environmentalism and Political Theory.Robyn Eckersley - 1992 - Environmental Values:1996-1996.

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Populism and Technocracy: Opposites or Complements?Christopher Bickerton & Carlo Invernizzi Accetti - 2015 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-21.
Populism and Technocracy: Opposites or Complements?Christopher Bickerton & Carlo Invernizzi Accetti - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (2):186-206.
A Family Affair: Populism, Technocracy, and Political Epistemology.Kevin J. Elliott - 2020 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 32 (1-3):85-102.
James S. Hoyte.Environmentalism as Populism - forthcoming - Business, Ethics, and the Environment: The Public Policy Debate.
Some Notes on ‘Populism’.Jon Elster - 2020 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 46 (5):591-600.
Technocracy and Democracy: The Challenges to Development in Africa.Fea Owakah & Rd Aswani - 2009 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (1):87-99.
Review Article: Forget Populism?Andy Scerri - 2019 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-24.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-04-27

Total views
8 ( #983,567 of 2,455,382 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #179,241 of 2,455,382 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes