The Politics of Green Transformations

  • Published 20/02/15

Edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell
Routledge/Earthscan, 2015

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Multiple ‘green transformations’ are required if humanity is to live sustainably on planet Earth. 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 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, but also ‘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 contexts matter in shaping pathways to sustainability

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.

This book is part of the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability book series.

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The Politics of Green Transformations

Launch event info with video from the panel debate on 24 February 2015 including Michael Jacobs, Mariana Mazzucato, Andrew Simms and Camilla Toulmin.


Edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell

1. The Politics of Green Transformations Ian Scoones, Peter Newell and Melissa Leach
2. What is Green? Transformation Imperatives and Knowledge Politics Melissa Leach
3. Invoking ‘Science’ in Debates about Green Transformations: A Help or a Hindrance? Erik Millstone
4. Emancipating Transformation: From Controlling ‘the Transition’ to Culturing Plural Radical Progress Andy Stirling
5. The Politics of Green Transformations in Capitalism Peter Newell
6. The Political Dynamics of Green Transformations: Feedback Effects and Institutional Context Matthew Lockwood 7. Green Transformations from Below? The Politics of Grassroots Innovation Adrian Smith and Adrian Ely
8. Mobilizing for Green Transformations Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones
9. The Green Entrepreneurial State Mariana Mazzucato
10. Financing Green Transformations Stephen Spratt
11. Green Transformation: Is There a Fast Track? Hubert Schmitz

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The Politics of Green Transformations
Routledge, 2015

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