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Prosperity without Growth – Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow | By Tim Jackson

A new edition of Prosperity Without Growth – the landmark work by Professor Tim Jackson – was launched on 19 December. The publication of Prosperity without Growth in 2009 marked a critical intervention in the sustainability debate. Tim Jackson openly challenged conventional economics, questioned the most highly-prized goal of politicians and economists alike: the continued...

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Research Handbook on Climate Governance, edited by Karin Bäckstrand & Eva Lövbrand

  With their Research Handbook on Climate Governance, Karin Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand assembled a cutting-edge collection of essays that critically look at the changing landscape of climate governance after the 2009 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen. The compendium provides a rich offering of theoretical and empirical reflections and is addressed to students and...

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Duality in climate science | Kevin Anderson

Anderson, Kevin (2015): Duality in Climate Science. In: Nature Geoscience, 12 October 2015. The economic and political paradigm in which our democracy operates inhibits climate scientists, so they have to tone down the dangers ahead. In his commentary Duality in climate science, Kevin Anderson – Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of...

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The Confidence Trap, by David Runciman

Runciman’s The Confidence Trap is a sobering account of how democracies have muddled through a variety of crises in the 20th century. According to Runciman, it is this capacity to  ‘muddle through’ that makes democracy distinctive and has allowed it to outperform (inflexible) autocracy as an effective form of political organisation when faced with major wars, Cold...

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Governance, democracy and sustainable development: Moving beyond the impasse (eds.)

Governance, democracy and sustainable development: Moving beyond the impasse edited by Meadowcroft J, Langhelle O, and Ruud A, Edward Elgar (2012) This edited book clearly sets out the challenges of reconciling sustainable development with democratic systems, particularly those most commonly found in Europe and the US. It suggests ways forward, challenging any complacency over just...

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Sharing as Our Common Cause by Share the World’s Resources

This report reveals how a call for sharing is central to a growing worldwide movement of global citizens. From the executive summary “The principle of sharing is often central to efforts for progressive change in almost every field of endeavour. But this mutual concern is generally understood and couched in tacit terms, without acknowledging the versatility, commonality...

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