Seeking Sustainability: On the prospect of an ecological liberalism (Paperback)G. J. Paton (author)
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The ideas of neoliberalism perpetuate a disembedded and dichotomised view of economy-ecology relations. The renewed interest in climate change and sustainability attests to the lack of progress achieved by the `sustainable development' regime and to the need for more appropriate frameworks for guiding social organisation toward ecological sustainability. This book is born of the need for a critique of current approaches to environmental policy and governance and the search for alternative sustainability frameworks.
Utilising a conceptual approach based on the Polanyian concept of `embeddedness', this book argues that the links between economic theory, neo-liberalism, and the current regime of sustainable development, have rendered `sustainability' a discursive frame in the service of economic rather than ecological goals. In rejecting the integrity of `environmental neo-liberalism', Paton argues there are some clear points of divergence between liberalism and neo-liberalism. She subsequently examines separately the impact on liberalism of efforts to integrate environmental concerns in order to determine if therein lies the potential for an effective reformist politics of `ecological sustainability'.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
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