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Political spaces for greening industries. The case of renewable resources use

Abstract : Renewables’ industries position themselves at the heart of ecological transition strategies to justify their territorial insertion. This has not, however, protected them from criticism on grounds of sustainability. Indeed, the government of these industries has come under attack, with opponents saying that industry actors have failed to address critical interdependencies necessary for sustainability to be achieved, including territorial ones. In this context, this article questions the functional argument of “spatial fit”, used by some analysts of ecological transition to explain the choice of regulatory scale. We do this by examining how actors use territorial resources to politicize the environmental government of these industries. Three case-studies are compared: salmon in Scotland, wind power in Quebec and wood energy in France. We show that the “spatial fit”, argument neither explains governing choices nor is sufficient for actors seeking to build legitimate regulation.
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Gabrielle Bouleau, Caitriona Carter, Arnaud Sergent, Yann Fournis. Political spaces for greening industries. The case of renewable resources use. Développement durable et territoires, Réseau « Développement durable et territoires fragiles », 2020, 11 (1), 24 p. ⟨10.4000/developpementdurable.14845⟩. ⟨hal-03160799⟩



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