New publication on Paradigms and the political economy of ecopolitical projects
New publication: Paradigms and the political economy of ecopolitical projects: Green growth and degrowth compared (Sage Journals, Competition & Change)
Associate Professor Hubert Buch-Hansen, Department of Organization (IOA), Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Professor MSO Martin Bæk Carstensen, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde School of Governance (on CBS leave)
Competing ecopolitical projects seek to deliver answers to one of the most central questions of our time: how can the escalating climate crisis be halted? The paper asks how we may meaningfully compare ecopolitical projects that originate in fundamentally different conceptions of the type of change necessary to reach a sustainable organization of society? Using Peter Hall's paradigm approach as a starting point, the paper employs extant political economy scholarship to develop a framework that sets out four key dimensions that work as points of comparison between ecopolitical projects. The framework is applied in a comparison of the competing ecopolitical projects of green growth and degrowth to elucidate the ways in which these projects differ profoundly in terms of the extensiveness of change they envision, the actors they consider pivotal for sustainability transitions, their scientific basis and their distributional consequences.
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