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Breffní Lennon & Niall P. Dunphy
2023 January
Energy Democracies for Sustainable Futures
Mind the gap: Citizens, consumers, and unequal participation in global energy transitions
Academic Press
Cambridge (Mass.)
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Consumerism Energy citizen Energy democracy Energy transition Justice
Given the deep, transformative, and systemic changes needed to transition to low-carbon energy configurations, the current level of socio-political discourse remains calcified around classic understandings of the role of the citizen and normative representations of participation. These are almost exclusively framed in terms of consumption behaviors and practices. This merging of citizenship and consumerism is deeply problematic on a number of levels. By narrowly defining the potential of citizens to the singular role of consumer, there is a very real risk we will not achieve the socio-technical transformations that must take place if we are to mitigate against runaway climate change. This chapter explores these issues in the context of a growing body of literature on competing for energy democracy imaginaries. Significant barriers remain, from misunderstandings of what constitutes participation to the roles and expectations placed on citizens who must contend with the growing inequalities already locked into existing democratic structures.
Nadesan, M.H., Pasqualetti, M.J. and Keahey, J.
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