The Politics of Green Transformations
Written by experts in the field, this book will be of great interest to researchers and students in environmental studies, international relations, political science, development studies, geography and anthropology, as well as policymakers and practitioners concerned with sustainability.
- Paperback | 220 pages
- 154 x 230 x 18mm | 359.99g
- 28 Jan 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 4 Line drawings, black and white; 8 Tables, black and white; 12 Illustrations, black and white
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Table of contents
"An all-star team provides a clear, critical and fascinating discussion of the concept and practice of green transformations for a more sustainable and just world. ã Drawing on critical social theory they show us who has the power to define and implement transformations - comparing technocentric, marketized, state-led and citizen-led movements for sustainability - and the politics of knowledge and science that defines environmental crisis and responses. ã What adds depth to their arguments is that these authors are not isolated academics - they have been out there in the world of international relations, government policy, and NGOs with a thoughtful and engaged approach to change." -Diana Liverman, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, USA
"In the 21st century environmental imperatives will increasingly define economic policy and societal choices. Key questions such as who will make these choices, who could be the winners and losers and how will our political and governance systems mediate this process of transition are key to understanding the political economy of green transformation. The dynamics of innovation and policy discourse on the green economy have been remarkably fast and diverse. The questions and interpretations put forward by the authors in "The Politics of Green Transformation" are timely and provide important context and focus for a rapidly evolving paradigm of sustainable development." -Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya
"The world has moved from why to what? No longer is the question why we should act. Instead the question is what should we do, at the scale that can make a real transformation? The problem is that current solutions are small because they are at best transitional. The world needs real solutions that can be scaled up at speed to meet the needs of all - transformational solutions. What then can we do? What is working and where? This is what the 'politics of green transformations' is about. This is what we must understand so that we can move beyond the fluff of green verbiage to real pathways that can bring us real change. I would encourage you to read this book because we must relearn the message of sustainability for a world that is increasingly warmer, riskier and unjust. " -Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, India
"This book is a thoughtful and robust exploration of the concept of green transformation. It will make a significant contribution to better understanding this complex and sometimes contested issue. The authors offer an essential reading for anyone who wants to invest in making development more sustainable." -Youba Sokona, Co-Chair IPCC WGIII and Special Advisor, South Centre, Switzerland
"If you have ever wondered why there is so much talk about green transformations and so little action, this is the book to read. It is a fascinating and enlightening tour of the green political map in all its complexity. It won't give you all the answers, but it will enable you to ask the right questions." -Carlota Perez, London School of Economics, UK and Nurkse Institute, Estonia, author of Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: the Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages.
"The breadth of thought in the essays makes this more a springboard for visioning and conceptualising than a manifesto. Overall, it makes a clear case that both the community - the grass roots - and the highest echelons of finance and political power need to be engaged in the process for genuine change to occur." -Willow Aliento, The Fifth Estate, Australia
About Melissa Leach
Melissa Leach is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex UK.
Peter Newell is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK.