The Progressive Era attempt to 'depoliticize' environmental governance was of course an utter failure for a host of reasons: powerful economic and political interests found or made entry points into supposedly sealed-off arenas, eventually culminating in the phenomenon of agency capture. Scientists and technocrats carried their own politics into their work, consciously or unconsciously; the people affected by new property relations and management regimes resisted and reconfigured the newly emergent socionatures in their areas in a variety of ways, producing a reality more complicated than, and often at odds with, the superficially clear official policy; and so on. It is certainly true that capitalism operating through the juridical framework of liberal states is all but completely taken for granted as the framework for any responses to climate change in formal policy circles, and that that is tremendously limiting politically.
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Capitalism, Nature, Socialism on Feb 06 2013, available at: https://doi.org/I: 10.1080/10455752.2012.759251.