Ecological Modernisation Around the World: 
Perspectives and Critical Debates

Arthur P. J. Mol and David A. Sonnenfeld, eds.

London and Portland:  Frank Cass/ Routledge, 2000;
Beijing: Commercial Press, 2011;
eBook Edition, 2014

ISBN 978-0-7146-8113-9 pbk; 978-0-7146-5064-7 hardback; 978-1-31-587780-8 e-book
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The idea of ecological modernisation originated in western Europe in the 1980s, gaining attention around the world by the late 1990s. At the core of this social scientific and policy-oriented approach is the view that contemporary societies have the capability of dealing with their environmental crises. Experiences in some countries demonstrate that modern institutions can incorporate environmental interests into their daily routines. Elsewhere, economic and political interests singularly dominate development trajectories, and environmental deterioration continues, challenging the premises of ecological modernisation. This volume brings together analyses of theory and practices of ecological modernisation from around the globe. Individual articles examine the applicability of this approach to advanced industrial countries, transitional economies and developing countries in North America, western, central, and eastern Europe, and South-East Asia, respectively. Authors critically examine the premises of Ecological Modernisation Theory, assess its value for understanding past and present environmental transformations, and outline paths for designing future sustainable development. The studies collected in this volume offer significant refinements, extensions, and critiques of Ecological Modernisation Theory and suggest important directions for continuing research on social and policy dimensions of environmental change.

Keywords: ecological modernization theory, sociology, environmental policy, environmental reform, environmental values, transitional economies, newly industrializing countries, Europe, United States, Southeast Asia

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