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Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America

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Title: Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and...

Publisher: Zed Books

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A study of the relationship between energy production and political power. Editor(s): McNeish, John-Andrew; Borchgrevnik, Axel; Logan, Owen. Num Pages: 304 pages. BIC Classification: 1KL; GTF; JPQB; KCM; KNB. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 225 x 147 x 24. Weight in Grams: 520. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781783600939

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Synopsis: In the global north the commoditization of creativity and knowledge under the banner of a creative economy is being posed as the post-industrial answer to dependency on labour and natural resources. Not only does it promise a more stable and sustainable future, but an economy focused on intellectual property is more environmentally friendly, so it is suggested. Resource Sovereigns argues that the fixes being offered by this model, popularised by market economics since the end of World War II, are bluffs; that development in the global south continues to be hindered by a global division of labour and nature that puts the capacity for technological advancement in private hands. The authors call for a multilayered understanding of sovereignty (an ostensibly outdated political concept in the world of global capital) arguing that it holds the key to undermining rigid accounts of the relationship between carbon and democracy, energy and development, and energy and political expression. Furthermore, a critical focus on energy politics is crucial to wider debates on development and sustainability. Essential reading for those wondering how energy resources are converted into political power and why we still value the energy we take from our surroundings more than the means of its extraction.

Product Description: Contested Powers looks specifically at the role of fossil fuels and renewable energy in the economic development of countries in Latin America. The contributors to this volume argue that the two currently dominant approaches to energy policy?either a focus on energy conservation or a focus on creating renewable energy resources?are actually two sides of the same coin. Both approaches are hindered by an underlying division of labor and capital that puts the means for ecologically sound technological advancement in the hands of a minority. The essays in Contested Powers go beyond Latin America to demonstrate that the key to addressing climate change and sustainable development around the globe is to first address the relationship between political and financial power and energy use and resources.

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