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MOTIVATED MARKETS: Instruments and Ideologies of Clean Energy in the United Kingdom

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dc.contributor.author Reno, Joshua
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-17T20:46:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-17T20:46:18Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08
dc.identifier.citation Reno, Joshua. 2011. MOTIVATED MARKETS: Instruments and Ideologies of Clean Energy in the United Kingdom. Cultural Anthropology 26(3): 389–413. en_US
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1360.2011.01104.x
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/57478
dc.description.abstract This article examines efforts to reconcile capitalist and ecological values, focusing in particular on the instruments and ideologies that pervade the United Kingdom's developing renewable energy sector. In keeping with neoliberal models of economic knowledge and practice, renewable energy instruments target the motivations of individuals by using incentive programs to reach environmental policy goals. The argument focuses especially on the way newly implemented market devices shape and represent the motivations of energy producers, suppliers, and traders. The centerpiece of the U.K. government's initiative is the creation of an artificial market in renewability, bought and sold as a virtual commodity. Although the realities of economic motivation complicate the practical implementation of the renewable market, these are represented as isolated and self-interested “exchanges” by market devices, providing policymakers and their critics with partial yet authoritative accounts of renewable policy, premised on narrow and contested assumptions about economic motivation and action. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The research for this article was supported through the Waste of the World Programme and the ESRC (RES 000–23-0007). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Cultural Anthropology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reno;3
dc.subject markets en_US
dc.subject STS en_US
dc.subject renewable energy en_US
dc.subject finance en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.title MOTIVATED MARKETS: Instruments and Ideologies of Clean Energy in the United Kingdom en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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