Kasvihuoneilmiön säätely ja yhteiskuntapoliittiinen rationaalisuus

Regulation of the Greenhouse Effect and Socio-Political Rationality

The starting point of the article is the globalisation of environmental problems which poses several methodological and operational questions to social sciences. After an examination of the conceptual links between globalisation, universality, and risk management, the author turns to the so-called greenhouse effect as an example of the new lines of demarcation between humanity as a subject and nature as an object to be controlled. The policies and strategies adopted by modern nation-states in tackling this problem articulate an ambivalence between technical and political rationalities; in particular, the shared goal of reducing CO2 emissions has given rise to a wide range of contesting notions of who should bear the responsibility for attaining it.

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