Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783604876 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604883 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Green Growth

Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives

Edited by Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai, and Jose Puppim de Oliveira

Green Growth

Edited by Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai, and Jose Puppim de Oliveira

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300 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783604876 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604883 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The discourse of “green growth” has recently gained ground in environmental governance deliberations and policy proposals. It is presented as a fresh and innovative agenda centered on the deployment of engineering sophistication, managerial acumen, and market mechanisms to redress the environmental and social derelictions of the existing development model. But the green growth project is deeply inadequate, whether assessed against criteria of social justice or the achievement of sustainable economic life upon a materially finite planet. This volume outlines three main lines of critique. First, it traces the development of the green growth discourse qua ideology. It asks: what explains modern society’s investment in it, why has it emerged as a master concept in the contemporary conjuncture, and what social forces does it serve? Second, it unpicks and explains the contradictions within a series of prominent green growth projects. Finally, it weighs up the merits and demerits of alternative strategies and policies, asking the vital question: “If not green growth, then what?”
Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira 

Part I: Contradictions of green growth
1. Can green growth really work? A reality check that elaborate on the true (socio-)economics of climate change 
Ulrich Hoffmann
2. What is the “green” in “green growth”?
Larry Lohmann
3. The how and for who of green governmentality
Adrian Parr
4. Degrowth and the roots of neoclassical economics
James Meadway

Part II: Case studies
5. Giving green teeth to the Tiger? A critique of “green growth” in South Korea
Bettian Bluemling and Sun-Jin Yun
6. Lessons from the EU: why capitalism cannot be rescued from its own contradictions
Birgit Mahnkopf
7. The green growth trap in Brazil
Ricardo Abramovay
8. Green jobs to promote sustainable development: creating a value chain of solid waste recycling in Brazil
Anne Posthuma nd Paulo Sergio Muçouçah
9. Trends of social metabolism and environmental conflicts: a comparison between India and Latin America
Joan Martinez-Alier, Federico Demaria, Leah Temper and Mariana Walter

Part III: Emerging alternatives?
10. Beyond ‘development’ and ‘growth’: the search for alternatives in India towards a sustainable and equitable world
Ashish Kothari
11. Reconsidering growth in the greenhouse: the sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) as a practical strategy for the twenty-first century
Job Taminiau and John Byrne
12. Alternatives to green growth? Possibilities and contradictions of self-managed food production
Steffen Böhm, Maria Ceci Araujo Misoczky, David Watson and Sanjay Lanka
Review Quotes
Barbara Harriss-White, Wolfson College Oxford
“Read this important book for a set of excellent critical guides to alternatives to our destructive and wasteful economic system.”
José Goldemberg, former Secretary of the Environment for Brazil
“Sustainable development has fallen victim to the ideological determinism of free market economics. Is ‘green growth’ really a solution to sustainable development? This book gives insightful responses to this question.”
Jason W. Moore, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life
“A courageous, critical, and desperately-needed critique of the greatest illusion of our time. In one incisive and insightful chapter after another, the contributors eviscerate the neoliberal growth fantasy while offering an intellectual agenda relevant to contemporary struggles for the liberation of life in the 21st century.”
Sarah Bracking, University of Manchester and University of KwaZulu-Natal
“What you won't find in this book are stale dyads, recycled conceptual dead-ends, or any intellectual grandstanding. Instead Dale, Mathai, de Oliveira and their authors are to be commended for exemplary scholarship, and for charting a realistic path to a better ecological and social future.”
Mahesh Rangarajan, author of Nature and Nation
“A significant and thoughtful intervention. The range and breadth of scholars and practitioners in this compendium make it indispensable.”
Barbara Unmuessig, president, Heinrich Boell Foundation
“The green economy is based on a simple narrative: a business model approach to the salvage of our globe. It is therefore highly opportune that this book critically reviews the green-growth paradigm, and offers alternatives.”
“Green growth has become influential among policy makers as a means to fight environmental devastation. But many find it problematic. This book is a platform for critics. . . . The book’s central message is that capitalism probably can't green itself.  Moreover, green growth is the latest ideological reshaping of the hegemony of capital that does not address the problems of capitalism. Recommended.”
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