Journal article

Rearticulating governance through carbon in the Lao PDR?

Wolfram H Dressler, Sango Mahanty, Jessica Clendenning, Phuc Xuan To

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Interventions to ‘improve’ the human condition through democratic and capitalist ideals increasingly draw on capital and markets to influence governance in line with Western mandates of state building. As a major recent example, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ‘plus’ (REDD+) develops new market regimes to govern, finance, and trade carbon in line with donor discourses of civil liberties, market expansion, and, more broadly, state building. Emerging REDD + networks that aim to finance and trade carbon now align with the conditionality and ideals of democratic governance, transparency, and accountability through processes of institution building (for state stabilit..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery program


Funding Acknowledgements

This paper is based on research supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery program (DP120100270-The Political Ecology of Forest Carbon: Mainland Southeast Asia's New Commodity Frontier?). The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the funders.