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Pricing air to starve the fire: an institutional ethnography of smart prosperity

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dc.contributor.author McCartney, Kevin
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-31T17:01:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-31T17:01:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-08-31
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10001
dc.description.abstract Smart Prosperity (SP) brings together multi-sectoral business leaders, policy experts, unions and progressive NGO change makers to align Canada’s civil society messaging on climate change action and policy. SP has recently found national relevance thanks to considerable policy uptake by Justin Trudeau’s ruling federal Liberal party. Rooted in a neoclassical economic model of demand-management, SP positions themselves as the architects of an energy transition regime of consumer price signals. This study examines 118 of SP’s academic and policy reports from 2008 to 2018 using an institutional ethnographic approach to textual analysis to consider the ideological and ontological consequences of SP’s policy program for the tender geographies of communities in Canada. SP is found to contrive a terrain of energy possibilities that rests on administrative abstraction, economism and market fetishism, and which places the economic administrator at the heart of Canada’s social and natural relations. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Energy transition en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Carbon tax en_US
dc.subject Environmental economics en_US
dc.subject Smart Prosperity en_US
dc.title Pricing air to starve the fire: an institutional ethnography of smart prosperity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Carroll, William K.
dc.contributor.supervisor Shaw, Karena
dc.degree.department Department of Sociology en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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