What “green transformations” will humanity need to undergo to live sustainably on planet Earth?
A new book published by Routledge discusses these transformations and what it will take to realise them.
The Politics of Green Transformations, edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell, examines what social and political alliances are required to undertake these green transformations.
Recalling past transformations, this book examines what makes the current challenge different, and especially urgent. It examines how green transformations must take place in the context of the particular moments of capitalist development, and in relation to particular alliances. The role of the state is emphasised, both in terms of the type of incentives required to make green transformations politically feasible and in the way states must take a developmental role in financing innovation and technology for green transformations.
The book also highlights the role of citizens as innovators, entrepreneurs, green consumers and members of social movements. Green transformations must be both ‘top-down’, involving elite alliances between states and business as well as ‘bottom up’, pushed by grassroots innovators and entrepreneurs, and part of wider mobilisations among civil society. The chapters in the book draw on international examples to emphasise how these contexts matter in shaping pathways to sustainability.
Professor Peter Newell, University of Sussex said: “It is now received wisdom in most quarters that we need to transform the global economy along more sustainable lines. But who decides what is to be transformed and how, and who will benefit from this? Questions of transformation are about politics, power and coalitions as much as technology, markets and innovation alone. This book shows how and why these matter and what’s at stake in the politics of green transformations.”
The Politics of Green Transformations is part of the Pathways to Sustainability Series, which is based on the work of the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, a major investment of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The STEPS Centre brings together researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex with a set of partner institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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