All Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go: The Discourse of Ecological Modernization in Alberta, Canada

Debra J. Davidson, Norah A. MacKendrick

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Abstract

We review Alberta's integrated resource management policy to high-light the provincial government's ability to discursively reframe the relationship between natural resource development and environmental protection to maintain legitimacy while avoiding institutional restructuring. This study indicates that Ecological Modernization consists of two independent features that do not necessarily lead to the same end point. While instances of ecological reform may exist, Ecological Modernization also describes a dominant discourse that can deflect criticism, while at the same time is sufficiently ambiguous that gaps between stated policy and implementation are difficult to trace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-65
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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