CfP: Policies of the Environmental State: Inequality, Exclusion and Injustice | Machin & Ruser

Our members Amanda Machin and Alexander Ruser invite submissions to the workshop on Policies of the Environmental State: Inequality, Exclusion, and Injustice accepted for the IPA4 meeting next year in Mexico.

Workshop T06W02:

How do the environmental policies of states exacerbate economic inequalities, political exclusions and social injustice? The goal of reaching ‘net zero’ by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to a changing climate are priorities for governments around the world, but the pathways for reaching those goals have significant implications for their citizens. As activists and scholars have pointed out, policies on global warming, energy infrastructure and land use for example can have uneven, unfair and undemocratic consequences and may be based on processes that marginalize certain groups. The aim of this workshop is to hold up a critical lens to the background assumptions and differentiated impacts of the policies developed and implemented by states seeking to fulfill their pledges on reducing emissions.

To address these issues and to facilitate an international debate about environmental politics and perspective on the environmental state the workshop welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions from around the globe. Of particular interest are submissions that address one (or more) of the following questions:

1. Environmental Policies and Social Inequalities: It is understood that environmental policies are likely to impact the distribution of wealth, political influence, and life chances within and across societies. However, the question of how environmental policies can perpetuate or deepen existing and inequalities and create new ones lacks theoretical reflection and empirical analysis.

2. Environmental Policies and Exclusion: Environmental challenges, such as global climate change, are often described as common threats. Policy responses to such challenges can disenfranchise or marginalize groups and delegitimate or discredit political positions though. Contributions focusing on this could address the delicate balance between targeted policy responses and the need to maintain open, lively, and controversial political debate.

3. Environmental Polices and Injustice: Environmental Policies are sometimes depicted as inevitable, apolitical responses to objective truths of environmental risk However, as policies, public responses to environmental challenges inevitably express normative preferences and convictions. Moreover, any political (in)action addresses, shifts or collides with legal and social understandings of justice and injustice. We therefore invite contributions which address problems of local, national, international as well as intergenerational justice and the environmental state.

Deadline: 31 January 2024

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