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Sustainability indicators as discursive elements
| Publications| 20/10/2005

The objective of this paper is to analyse the role of sustainability indicators when considered as discursive elements of the sustainability discourse. Sustainability indicators have the particularity of having a scientific-objective appearance, and we argue that this allows their users to link sustainability utterances with the scientific discourse, which is one today’s main sources of legitimacy. Thanks to this legitimisation capacity, sustainability indicators play a major role in sustainability discourse. In order to explain their role in our society we explore how they are related to political action, power and the sustainability discourse.

Date
2005
Publication
European Meeting of Ecological Economics
Bibliographical reference
Ortega Cerdà, M. (2005) Sustainability indicators as discursive elements. European Meeting of Ecological Economics. Lisboa.
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