The Political Economy of Sustainable Energy

Author: Catherine Mitchell
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 236
View: 7224
Mitchell analyses the extent to which the current political paradigm is capable of meeting the challenges of climate change. She argues that unless there are fundamental changes to policy-making, it is unlikely that energy policies will be able to deliver sufficient change to enable a move to a sustainable energy economy.

The Political Economy of Sustainability

Author: Fred P. Gale
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 178536801X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
View: 9382
This theoretical and practical book builds on the knowledge that sustainability’s value pluralism cannot be reconciled with the value monism of classical, neoclassical, nationalist or socialist political economy. Developing the concept of sustainability value (SV), which requires integrating economic (exchange), social (labour), environmental (intrinsic) and cultural (use) values in all processes of extraction, manufacturing, trade, consumption and disposal, the book reformulates our understanding of key political economy topics such as trade, investment, preference formation, corporate governance and the role of the state. The book illustrates how SV is being realised via multi-stakeholder networks which, forming at the community, national and global levels, enable the required cross-value deliberation.

Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare

Author: Max Koch,Oksana Mont
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317407423
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 220
View: 4156
Welfare is commonly conceptualized in socio-economic terms of equity, highlighting distributive issues within growing economies. While GDP, income growth and rising material standards of living are normally not questioned as priorities in welfare theories and policy making, there is growing evidence that Western welfare standards are not generalizable to the rest of the planet if environmental concerns, such as resource depletion or climate change, are considered. Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare raises the issue of what is required to make welfare societies ecologically sustainable. Consisting of three parts, this book regards the current financial, economic and political crisis in welfare state institutions and addresses methodological, theoretical and wider conceptual issues in integrating sustainability. Furthermore, this text is concerned with the main institutional obstacles to the achievement of sustainable welfare and wellbeing, and how these may feasibly be overcome. How can researchers assist policymakers in promoting synergy between economic, social and environmental policies conducive to globally sustainable welfare systems? Co-authored by a variety of cross-disciplinary contributors, a diversity of research perspectives and methods is reflected in a unique mixture of conceptual chapters, historical analysis of different societal sectors, and case studies of several EU countries, China and the US. This book is well suited for those who are interested in and study welfare, ecological economics and political economy.

The Political Economy of Turkey

Debt, Adjustment and Sustainability
Author: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA John F. Kennedy School of Government
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349112747
Category: Political Science
Page: 278
View: 6180
Turkey stands at a crossroad after a decade of adjustment to its severe debt crisis in the late 1970s. This volume brings together a group of contributors who discuss the consequences of this transition and the likely pains for the future.

The Sustainable Development Paradox

Urban Political Economy in the United States and Europe
Author: Rob Krueger,David Gibbs
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1593854986
Category: Science
Page: 310
View: 3795
Sustainability--with its promise of economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental integrity--is hardly a controversial goal. Yet scholars have generally overlooked the ways that policies aimed at promoting "sustainability" at local, national, and global scales have been shaped and constrained by capitalist social relations. This thought-provoking book reexamines sustainability conceptually and as it actually exists on the ground, with a particular focus on Western European and North American urban contexts. Topics include critical theoretical engagements with the concept of sustainability; how sustainability projects map onto contemporary urban politics and social justice movements; the spatial politics of conservation planning and resource use; and what progressive sustainability practices in the context of neoliberalism might look like.

The Economics of Abundance

A Political Economy of Freedom, Equity, and Sustainability
Author: Wolfgang Hoeschele
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1317034651
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 258
View: 7407
No matter how many resources we consume we never seem to have enough. The Economics of Abundance is a balanced book in which Wolfgang Hoeschele challenges why this is so. He claims that our current capitalist economy can exist only on the basis of manufactured scarcity created by 'scarcity-generating institutions', and these institutions manipulate both demand and supply of commodities. Therefore demand consistently exceeds supply, and profits and economic growth can continue - at the cost of individual freedom, social equity, and ecological sustainability. The fact that continual increases in demand are so vital to our economy leads to an impasse: many people see no alternative to the generation of ever more demand, but at the same time recognize that it is clearly unsustainable ecologically and socially. So, can demand only be reduced by curtailing freedom and is this acceptable? This book argues that, by analyzing how scarcity-generating institutions work and then reforming or dismantling them, we can enhance individual freedom and support entrepreneurial initiative, and at the same time make progress toward social justice and environmental sustainability by reducing demands on vital resources. This vision would enable activists in many fields (social justice, civil liberties, and environmental protection), as well as many entrepreneurs and other members of civil society to work together much more effectively, make it more difficult to portray all these groups as contradictory special interests, and thereby help generate momentum for positive change. Meanwhile, for academics in many fields of study, the concept of the creation of scarcity or abundance may be a highly useful analytical tool.

Institutions and Sustainability

Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment - Essays in Honour of Konrad Hagedorn
Author: Volker Beckmann,Martina Padmanabhan
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402096909
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 388
View: 8304
From the first vague idea to use Konrad Hagedorn’s 60th birthday as an inspi- tion for taking stock of his vibrant academic contributions, this joint book project has been a great pleasure for us in many ways. Pursuing Hagedorn’s intellectual development, we have tried to reflect on the core questions of humanity according to Ernst Bloch “Who are we?”, “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we heading?” In this way, and without knowing it, Konrad Hagedorn initiated a c- lective action process he would have very much enjoyed ... if he had been allowed to take part in it. But it was our aim and constant motivation to surprise him with this collection of essays in his honour. Konrad Hagedorn was reared as the youngest child of a peasant family on a small farm in the remote moorland of East Frisia, Germany. During his childhood in the poverty-ridden years after the Second World War, he faced a life where humans were heavily dependent on using nature around them for their livelihoods; meanwhile, he learned about the fragility of the environment. As a boy, he - tended a one-room schoolhouse, where his great intellectual talents were first r- ognised and used for co-teaching his schoolmates. These early teaching expe- ences might have laid the foundations for his later becoming a dedicated lecturer and mentor.

The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance

Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability
Author: Jacob Park,Ken Conca,Professor of International Relations Ken Conca,Matthias Finger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134059825
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
View: 1349
More than twenty years after the Bruntland Commission report, Our Common Future, we have yet to secure the basis for a serious approach to global environmental governance. The failed 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development showed the need for a new approach to globalization and sustainability. Taking a critical perspective, rooted in political economy, regulation theory, and post-sovereign international relations, this book explores questions concerning the governance of environmental sustainability in a globalizing economy. With contributions from leading international scholars, the book offers a comprehensive framework on globalization, governance, and sustainability, and examines institutional mechanisms and arrangements to achieve sustainable environmental governance. It: considers current failures in the framework of global environmental governance addresses the problematic relationship between sustainability and globalization explores controversies of development and environment that have led to new processes of institution building examines the marketization of environmental policy-making; stakeholder politics and environmental policy-making; socio-economic justice; the political origins of sustainable consumption; the role of transnational actors; and processes of multi-level global governance. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, international studies, political economy and environmental studies.

The Political Economy of Sustainable Development

Valuation, Distribution, Governance
Author: Dirk Jacob Wolfson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137552751
Category: Political Science
Page: 82
View: 4968
The author shows how sustainable development may be organized, valued and distributed by introducing situational contracting as an interactive and contextual mode of governance. Situational contracting provides a road map for where we want to go, serving the prevailing ideology in implementing the trade between efficiency and fairness.

The Political Economy of Sustainable Development

Policy Instruments and Market Mechanisms
Author: Timothy Cadman,Lauren Eastwood,Federico Lopez-Casero Michaelis,Tek Narayan Maraseni,,Jamie Pittock,Tapan Sarker
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 178347484X
Page: 288
View: 7407
Since the Rio ‘Earth’ Summit of 1992, sustainable development has become the major policy response to tackling global environmental degradation, from climate change to loss of biodiversity and deforestation. Market instruments such as emissions trading, payments for ecosystem services and timber certification have become the main mechanisms for financing the sustainable management of the earth’s natural resources. Yet how effective are they – and do they help the planet and developing countries, or merely uphold the economic status quo? This book investigates these important questions. Providing a comprehensive analysis and the latest research on sustainable development, the authors compare the divergent approaches to emissions trading. Included is a detailed investigation into illegal logging and the effectiveness of policy responses, with an evaluation of different forest certification schemes. Biodiversity offsets and environmental payments are also explored. Integral to the book are interviews and opinions of the key stakeholders in the political economy of sustainable development. This uniquely comprehensive analysis of the governance quality of different sustainable development mechanisms, unprecedented in its panorama of comparative case studies, is essential reading for all those in the policy, academic and non-governmental communities.

Nature, Production, Power

Towards an Ecological Political Economy
Author: Fred P. Gale,R. Michael M’Gonigle
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781782544012
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 248
View: 918
This work sets out to conceptualize an ecological political economy. The collection of essays offers a range of innovative analyses that highlight how changing rationalities and systems of governance, production, reproduction and exchange are implicated in the generation of ecological problems.

Ecological Economics

A Political Economics Approach to Environment and Development
Author: Peter Söderbaum
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 9781853836855
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 152
View: 2975
This volume is the most comprehensive textbook on sustainable development. It has been developed with students and professionals from around the world specifically for those who need a thorough grounding in the subject. Coverage includes: background to su

On the political sustainability of economic reform

Author: Carlos M. Asilis,Gian María Milesi-Ferretti
Publisher: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 26
View: 5155

The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition

Pathways Beyond Techno-Optimism
Author: Peadar Kirby,Tadhg O’Mahony
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319625543
Category: Political Science
Page: 303
View: 5110
This book addresses the global need to transition to a low-carbon society and economy by 2050. The authors interrogate the dominant frames used for understanding this challenge and the predominant policy approaches for achieving it. Highlighting the techno-optimism that informs our current understanding and policy options, Kirby and O’Mahony draw on the lessons of international development to situate the transition within a political economy framework. Assisted by thinking on future scenarios, they critically examine the range of pathways being implemented by both developed and developing countries, identifying the prevailing forms of climate capitalism led by technology. Based on evidence that this is inadequate to achieve a low-carbon and sustainable society, the authors identify an alternative approach. This advance emerges from community initiatives, discussions on postcapitalism and debates about wellbeing and degrowth. The re-positioning of society and environment at the core of development can be labelled “ecosocialism” – a concept which must be tempered against the conditions created by Trumpism and Brexit.

The Transition to Sustainability

The Politics of Agenda 21 in Europe
Author: Timothy O'Riordan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134181744
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
View: 4127
The Transition to Sustainability 'details how all nations are repositioning their economies, their societies and their collective purpose to maintain all life on Earth, peacefully, healthily, equitably and with sufficient wealth to ensure that all are content in their survival.' From the Preface The governments of Europe are committed, in principle, to the implementation of sustainable development policies. What will this mean in practice? Most importantly, how compatible is such implementation with other commitments to economic growth and competitive markets? Can it be achieved, and what are the implications for all other policy areas? This book looks at the implications for government, business, taxation, planning, measures of change and local communities within the European Union. Country case studies include Germany, Norway, Greece, Portugal and the UK. The Editors conclude by giving an overview of progress so far, and offer pointers for the future. Policy makers, researchers and students across the range of social sciences will find this a valuable and groundbreaking book.

The politics of money

towards sustainability and economic democracy
Author: Frances Hutchinson,Mary Mellor,Wendy Kay Olsen
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745317205
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 248
View: 6526
Explores the evolution of our economic system as serving ends quite unrelated to the provisioning and sustainability of human communities.

Deforesting Malaysia

the political economy and social ecology of agricultural expansion and commercial logging
Author: Jomo Kwame Sundaram,Y. T. Chang,K. J. Khoo
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN: 9781842774663
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 253
View: 9336
This study of deforestation in Malaysia's three regions examines the different factors that shape them, the institutions and policies that determine forestry development, the ecological impact of deforestation, and sustainability. Much Malaysian deforestation reflects agricultural expansion or rural development and poverty alleviation projects, while logging became more significant after independence. Sabah and Sarawak have relied increasingly on the exploitation of their timber resources, and private greed and corruption at state level have overridden federal policies of sustainable management. The authors take a hard look at the economic and political forces in the international tropical timber trade. An ecologically rapacious emphasis on growth, coupled with politically powerful distribution coalitions, give little chance for policy reforms and no hope of radical change. The only pressure that has the slightest effect, it seems, is international criticism.

The Political Economy of Trade Integration

Author: Oliver Fratzscher
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642614906
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 182
View: 9094
This dissenmion looks at increasing trade ilUegrorionjrom three angles: FirSl, what are welfare implications of trade integrmion and trading blocks? Second, what mechanism can improve the sustoinabiliry oj trade integration? Third, whO! relationship evolved between trade and foreign direct investment? Chapter I starts by questioning Krugman's (1993) trading block modeJ, which suggested that world trade is increasingly conducted between three trading blocks, which produces a minimum in world welfare. His symmetrical trading block model is extended into a two-sector model, where trade is not only beneficial through increased varieties in a Dixit-Stiglitz framework, but also through comparative advantage. Results show that: (i) regionalism and multilateral ism can be compatible and welfare enhancing; (ii) sequential integration can monotonously increase world welfare; (iii) more dissimilar countries have higher potential benefits from integration; (iv) about one third of potential gains from free-trade under average tariffs are already realized in a system of three trading blocks. Chapter II studies the political sustainability of trade integration. The previous trading-block-model is combined with a political pressure group model, where domestic interest groups lobby their government to proceed with sequential trade integration. Theory shows that trade integration is politically not sustainable viii Pre/(lct when consumers' and producers' interests are opposed, unless a mechanism is designed which links sequential trade integration with factor reallocation and which worsens the best alternative to integration.

Approaches to Sustainable Development

The Public University in the Regional Economy
Author: Robert Forrant,Jean L. Pyle,William Lazonick,Charles Levenstein
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558493117
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 434
View: 7452
How can cities and regions foster sustainable development? What role can a university play in this process? These are the central questions addressed in this innovative collection of essays, which brings together scholars in such diverse fields as history, political economy, community studies, industrial theory, economic geography, environmental studies, ergonomics and work design, race and gender studies, manufacturing engineering, and public health. In 1993 a core group of faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Lowell launched an interdisciplinary study to find ways for the university to help stimulate regional development on a sustainable basis. They looked at models of development, new processes, and practical tools for transforming ideas into actions. At the same time, they moved beyond traditional research paradigms that focus on business growth and technology diffusion to the exclusion of social, environmental, and cultural development. Lowell is an ideal place for exploring these issues, given its rich industrial and immigrant history and the University's expertise as a science and engineering institution. The product of this research is a set of thoughtful essays that span the physical and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities and engage the debate over how best to achieve sustainable development -- a debate in which issues of social justice, popular participation, and economic development are inextricably linked. In addition to the editors, contributors include Michael Best, Meg A. Bond, Cathy Crumbley, Louis Ferleger, M. A. Fiddy, Ken Geiser, Jeffrey Gerson, Laurence F. Gross, Dikshitulu K. Kalluri, Nancy Kleniewski, David Kriebel, John MacDougall, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Laura Punnett, Margaret Quinn, Julian David Sanchez-de-la-Llave, Linda Silka, Krishna Vedula, Vesela Veleva, and John Wooding.

The Political Economy of Low Carbon Transformation

Breaking the habits of capitalism
Author: Harold Wilhite
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317596374
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 136
View: 6871
Deep reductions in energy use and carbon emissions will not be possible within political economies that are driven by the capitalist imperatives of growth, commodification and individualization. As such, it has now become necessary to understand the relationship between capitalism and the emergence of high energy habits. Using the examples of home energy, transport and food, The Political Economy of Low Carbon Transformation articulates the relationship between the politics of economic expansion and the formation of high-energy habits at the level of family and household. The book elaborates a theory of habit and how it can contribute to this relationship. It critiques mainstream green economy and green energy prescriptions for low carbon transformation that take economic growth for granted and ignore habits formed in a material world designed and built for high energy use. The book explores the growing number of communities around the world that are engaged in collaborative efforts to reform their community and household habits in ways that are less environmentally intrusive. It assesses their potential to make an impact on national and urban low carbon political agendas. The book is aimed at a large and growing interdisciplinary audience interested in the relationship between political economy, consumption and sustainability.