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The illusion of economic objectivity: linking local risks of credibility loss to global risks of climate change
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy and Environmental Technology.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 11, no 1-2, p. 223-235Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses economic thinking as a conceptual construct and discusses the link it provides between local risks of losing credibility and global risks of resource depletion and climate change. Due to the high-ranking value given to economic thinking in many Swedish contexts, economic arguments are perfect ways to win an argument or negotiation, to prevent risks of loosing credibility, or to discredit others. As illlustrated in this article, legitimacy-creating acts of communication tend to precede or follow upon a decision to install a solar heating system. An immediate and massive use of solar energy for heating purposes would mitigate the risks of global warming and depletion of energy resources. Unfortunately however, the conspicuous use of economic arguments accompanying solar heating installations tend to be interpreted by policy-makers as a preference for economic motives rather than a sign of questioned consumption. The illusion that economy is an objective entity rising above all other social issues seems to be confirmed, and political measures based on economic thinking can continue to block adequate steps towards the mitigation of climate changing emissions. The cultural representation of economic sovereignty is continuously reproduced through communication. It is a circle, a vicious circle if you like.

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2008. Vol. 11, no 1-2, p. 223-235
Keywords [en]
social anthropology, economy
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Energi, skog och byggd miljö, Två steg fram, ett steg tillbaka - Strukturella hinder för boende att minska koldioxidutsläpp och energianvändning för uppvärmning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2416DOI: 10.1080/13669870801939498ISI: 000256259400015OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2416DiVA, id: diva2:519746
Available from: 2006-12-15 Created: 2006-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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