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Partnerships for sustainable development as discursive practice: Shifts in discourses of environment and democracy


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  • Mert, Aysem
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    Partnerships for sustainable development are the Type II outcomes that emerged out of the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, 2002. These new mechanisms of environmental governance were an intersection point of three significant discourses in global politics: those of participatory democracy, private governance, and sustainable development. By analysing these three discourses around partnerships for sustainable development, this paper aims at revealing the larger frames of reference and the meta-narratives that explain why and how institutions like partnerships for sustainable development have emerged and how they have actualised. Using key concepts from and discourse theoretical approaches of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, the paper focuses on the negotiations of formal international organisations as a practice of discourse institutionalisation. By recognising that the international negotiations can result in these institutions to carry contestations and conflicts, it traces the dilemmas inherent in partnerships, that reflect shifts in the discourses of environment and development.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Forest Policy and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 109-122

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:forpol:v:11:y:2009:i:2:p:109-122

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    Keywords: Type II outcomes Partnerships for sustainable development Global environmental governance Discourse theory Discourse institutionalisation;


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    Cited by:
    1. Nina Hissen, 2014. "Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg (eds): Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 199-202, May.
    2. Sadath, Nazmus & Kleinschmit, Daniela & Giessen, Lukas, 2013. "Framing the tiger — A biodiversity concern in national and international media reporting," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 37-41.
    3. Leipold, Sina, 2014. "Creating forests with words — A review of forest-related discourse studies," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 12-20.
    4. van Heeswijk, Laura & Turnhout, Esther, 2013. "The discursive structure of FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade): The negotiation and interpretation of legality in the EU and Indonesia," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 6-13.
    5. Aysem Mert, 2012. "Partnerships and the Privatisation of Environmental Governance: On Myths, Forces of Nature and Other Inevitabilities," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 21(4), pages 475-498, November.


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