Summit theatre: exemplary governmentality and environmental diplomacy in Johannesburg and Copenhagen

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dc.contributor.author Death, Carl
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-14T09:04:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-14T09:04:31Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-01
dc.identifier.citation Death , C 2011 , ' Summit theatre: exemplary governmentality and environmental diplomacy in Johannesburg and Copenhagen ' Environmental Politics , vol 20 , no. 1 , pp. 1-19 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 158091
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6182
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6182
dc.identifier.uri http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a932518337~frm=titlelink en
dc.description Carl Death, ‘Summit theatre: exemplary governmentality and environmental diplomacy in Johannesburg and Copenhagen’, Environmental Politics, 20, 1, (2011), pp. 1-19. en
dc.description.abstract Global summits - such as the 2002 Johannesburg Summit and the 2009 Copenhagen COP15 - can be seen as theatrical techniques of environmental governmentality. Summits such as these, which do not produce new international agreements or strengthen environmental regimes, are commonly regarded as failures. However, they can also be viewed as moments of political theatre, performative enactments of legitimacy and authority, and sites for the communication of particular examples of responsible conduct. This political theatre is not a distraction from the real business of governing the global environment, but rather it is a primary technique of government at a distance. Summits function as 'exemplary centres' for a global audience, although their mobilisation of particular stages, scripts, casts and audiences remains open to subversion and conflict. The symbolic, theatrical and performative dimensions of summitry are rarely theorised, but their implications are profound, not only for responses to the ecological crisis, but for the nature and character of global politics and the potential for resistance and dissent. en
dc.format.extent 19 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Environmental Politics en
dc.title Summit theatre: exemplary governmentality and environmental diplomacy in Johannesburg and Copenhagen en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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