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Les firmes transnationales et l'institution social-historique du changement climatique.

Abstract : Our thesis relates to the transnational corporations whose activities are blamed in the climate change problem. It deals with their actions in relation to the political process engaged by the states at the beginning of the 1990s, and with their influence on the definition of the solutions to be brought to the problem. More precisely, as part of a broader reflection on the social-historical institution of the problem - the fact that it is instituted, by means of the imaginary, in and by particular societies, at a certain moment of their history and for a certain time - and considering the period extending from 1989 to 2001, we wanted to elucidate two things. On the one hand, why, for (or against) what and how did these corporations act (i.e. the cause, the aim and the content of their actions) in relation to the political process. And, on the other hand, up to what point these actions (making the most of a " relational power "), but also the sole fact that the studied corporations exist (a situation from which they derive an " institutional power "), had effects on the process and, more especially, on the definition of the solutions. The choice of analysing these major " non-state " actors arised from two intermingled motivations. The main motivation was to demonstrate the need to take into account these large firms (in addition to the states, the interstate institutions and the other non-state actors) to be able to understand the evolution of the political process, and thus to remedy at the lack of studies on the subject. The other motivation was to contribute, more in filigree, at the comprehension of the way capitalism - understood as a " social regime " (i.e. a specific type of institution of the society) that can exist only in and by the corporation - face this problem which, more than any other ecological problem, deeply questions it, that means threatens it.
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Mathias Lefèvre. Les firmes transnationales et l'institution social-historique du changement climatique.. Economies et finances. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2007. Français. ⟨tel-00169596⟩



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