Synopses & Reviews
Mert investigates transnational sustainability partnerships that wereendorsed in the 2002 Johannesburg Summit and its follow-up, to examine global environmental governance networks. He is primarilyconcerned with transnational and global governance in which integrating non-state actors across national boundaries are thefocus. He covers methodological reflections: studying change within community; theoretical reflections: discourse and institutions afternature; partnerships as sedimented discourses: the emergence of type-II outcomes; and partnerships and the discourses of privatization, sustainable development, and participation.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Transnational partnerships have become mainstream across levels and issues of environmental governance, following their endorsement by the UN in 2002. Despite apparent success, their desirability as a way of governing human interactions with the planet's ecosystems has not yet been properly investigated. In this revelatory book Ayşem Mert combines post-structuralist discourse theory and ecocriticism to analyse three discourses that have been rooted into the logic of partnerships: privatisation of governance, sustainable development and democratic participation. Ultimately, Mert argues that these discourses help understand both the potential and structural limitations of sustainability partnerships.