The Ecological Modernisation Reader: 
Environmental Reform in Theory and Practice

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

London and New York: Routledge

Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-45370-7 (July 2009)
Paperback: ISBN 978-0-415-45371-4 (Oct. 2009)




1.       Mol, A.P.J., G. Spaargaren, and D.A. Sonnenfeld, 'Ecological modernisation: three decades of policy, practice, and theoretical reflection' (newly written introductory essay) [full text]

Part I. Foundations of Ecological Modernisation Theory

2.       Mol, A.P.J., and M. Jänicke, 'The origins and theoretical foundations of Ecological Modernisation Theory' (newly commissioned review essay)

3.       Jänicke, M. (1993), 'On ecological and political modernisation'. B. Bluemling, tr. Originally published as 'Über ökologische und politische Modernisierungen', Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht 2, 159-175. (new translation)

4.       Huber, J. (1991), 'Ecological modernisation: beyond scarcity and bureaucracy'. Pp. 167-183 in: Technologie en Milieubeheer. Tussen Sanering en Ecologische Modernisering, (eds.) A.P.J. Mol, G. Spaargaren, and B. Klapwijk. Den Haag: SDU. (new translation)

5.       Spaargaren, G., and A.P.J. Mol (1992), 'Sociology, environment and moderni­ty. Ecological modernisation as a theory of social change', Society and Natural Resources 5, 323-344.

6.       Hajer, M.A. (1996), 'Ecological modernization as cultural politics'. In: Risk, Environment and Modernity. Towards a New Ecology, (eds.) S. Lash, B. Szerszynski, and B. Wynne. London: Sage.

7.       Christoff, P. (1996), 'Ecological modernisation, ecological modernities', Environmental Politics 5, 3, 476-500

8.       Buttel, F.H. (2000), 'Ecological modernization as social theory', Geoforum 31, 1, 57-65.

Part II. Transformations in Environmental Governance and Participation

9.   Fisher, D.R., O. Fritsch, and M.S. Andersen, 'Transformations in environmental governance and participation' (newly commissioned review essay)

10.   Jänicke, M., and H. Jörgens. (2004), 'New approaches to environmental governance'. Pp. 167-209 in Environmental governance in global perspective. New approaches to ecological modernisation, eds. M. Jänicke and K. Jacob. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin Press (English translation of Jänicke, M., and H. Jörgens. (2004), 'Neue Steuerungskonzepte in der Umweltpolitik', Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik 27, 297-348).

11.   Tatenhove, Jan van, & Pieter Leroy (2003) 'Environment and Participation in a Context of Political Modernisation', Environmental Values 12: 155-174.

12.   Gonzalez, G.A. (2001), 'Democratic ethics and ecological modernization: The formulation of California's automobile emission standards', Public Integrity 3, 325-44.

13.   Dryzek, J.S., D. Downes, C. Hunold, and D. Schlosberg (2003), 'Ecological modernization, risk society, and the green state'. Pp. 164-91 in Green States and Social Movements. Environmentalism in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Norway, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Part III. Greening Life-Cycles and Life-Styles

14.   Spaargaren, G., and M. Cohen, 'Greening lifecycles and lifestyles: sociotechnical innovations in consumption and production as core concerns of ecological modernisation theory' (newly commissioned review essay)

15.   Murphy, J., and A. Gouldson (2000), ‘Environmental policy and industrial innovation: integrating environment and economy through ecological modernization’, Geoforum 31, 1, 33-44.

16.   Koppen C.S.A. (Kris)  van, Arthur P.J. Mol (2002). Ecological modernization of industrial systems. In: P. Lens et al. (eds.) Water recycling and resource recovery in industry: Analysis, technologies and implementation. Wageningen: IWA Publishing.

17.   Spaargaren, G. (2003), ‘Sustainable consumption: A theoretical and environmental policy perspective’, Society and Natural Resources 16, 687-701

18.   Huber, J. (2004), ‘Upstreaming environmental action’. In New Technologies and Environmental Innovation, pp. 3-16. Cheltenham

Part IV. Environmental Reform in Asian and Other Emerging Economies

19.   Sonnenfeld, D.A., and M.T. Rock, 'Ecological modernisation in Asian and other emerging economies' (newly commissioned review essay)

20.   Sonnenfeld, D.A. (2000). 'Contradictions of ecological modernisation: pulp and paper manufacturing in Southeast Asia'. Pp. 235-256 in: Ecological Modernisation Around the World: Critical Perspectives and Debates, (eds.) A.P.J. Mol and D.A. Sonnenfeld. London; Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass/ Routledge.

21.   Langhelle, O. (2000), 'Why ecological modernisation and sustainable development should not be conflated', Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 2, 4, 303-322.

22.   Rock, M.T. (2002). 'Integrating environmental and economic policy making in China and Taiwan',American Behavioral Scientist 45, 9, 1435-55.

23.   Tran, M.D.T., P.T. Phung, J.C.L. van Buuren, and V.T. Nguyen. (2003). 'Environmental management for industrial zones in Vietnam'. Pp. 39-58 in: Greening Industrialization in Asian Transitional Economies: China and Vietnam, (eds.) A.P.J. Mol and J.C.L. van Buuren. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books.

24.   Mol, A.P.J. (2006), 'Environment and modernity in transitional China. Frontiers of ecological modernization', Development and Change 37, 1, 29-56.

25.   Oelofse, C., D. Scott, G. Oelofse, and J. Houghton (2006), 'Shifts within ecological modernization in South Africa: deliberation, innovation and institutional opportunities', Local Environment 11, 1, 61-78.


26.   Spaargaren, G., A.P.J. Mol, and D.A. Sonnenfeld, 'Ecological modernisation: assessment, critical debates and future directions' (newly written concluding essay)


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