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In the Name of Science and Technology: The Post-Political Environmental Debate and the Taranto Steel Plant (Italy)

Lidia Greco, Francesco Bagnardi

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 489-512. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15321668325939

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This article contributes to the environmental justice debate by analysing the case of the ILVA steel plant in Taranto, Italy. It accounts for the radical polarisation of the public debate between industrialists and environmentalists. These dominant perspectives are polarised but not politicised. In the reading of the crisis, both fronts adopt similar techno-scientific arguments while failing to problematise the multiple dimensions of environmental injustice and to connect the crisis to broader social relations of production. This article contends, therefore, that the environmental debate in Taranto unfolds in a post-political situation, where technical narratives prevail at the expense of more political positions. In this context, any attempts to politicise the public debate is either absorbed by the dominant views or marginalised.


Environmental debate, post-politics, environmental justice, Taranto, steel production

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