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This unique and informative book highlights the relationship between crisis, innovation, and sustainable development, and discusses the necessary conditions required to seize the ecological opportunity. The authors study the strength of change for building a new society, and the theoretical origins and political aspects of environmental concerns. They also sketch the outlines of a global governance system seeking to promote sustainable development. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective, this volume will appeal to postgraduate students and researchers in the economics of innovation, environmental economics and political economy, as well as policy makers and practitioners.
Introduction: The Ecological Opportunity in a Global System in Crisis
Blandine Laperche, Nadine Levratto and Dimitri Uzunidis
PART I: STRENGTHS OF CHANGE FOR A GREEN ECONOMY
1. The Clean-tech Revolution in California and in France: Opportunities and Challenges
2. The Emergence of Ecological Opportunities and Firms’ Behaviour
Blandine Laperche and Nadine Levratto
3. Sustainable Consumption in an Evolutionary Framework: How to Foster Behavioural Change?
Nathalie Lazaric and Vanessa Oltra
4. Technology and Sustainable Development: Myth or Reality?
PART II: THEORETICAL ORIGINS AND POLITICAL ASPECTS OF THE ECOLOGICAL OPPORTUNITY
5. Re-greening the Earth While Making Our Economies More Peaceful and Fair
6. Economic Theories, Environmental Issues and History of Thought
Sophie Boutillier and Patrick Matagne
7. Sustainable Development: The Teachings of the Physiocrats and the Classics
Pierre Le Masne
8. Political Economy of Innovation and Sustainable Development
9. Capital Accumulation, Crisis and Return to Nature?
PART III: ECOLOGICAL OPPORTUNITY IN A CHANGING WORLD
10. Towards a Social and Environmental Economy
11. Formation and Deformation of the Environmental Kuznets Curve for CO2 Emissions
Thomas Jobert and Fatih Karanfil
12. Clean Technologies and Perspectives of the Green Economy in Emergent and Developing Countries: Foundations, Opportunities and Constraints
Marc-Hubert Depret and Abdelillah Hamdouch
13. Global Governance, Resources and Sustainable Economic Development. A Critical Approach to the International Economy
Lamia Yacoub and Dimitri Uzunidis
14. Global Economic Governance for More Stable and Sustainable Development: Some Proposals from the Stiglitz Report
André Gabus and Alexander Hawthorne
"This book talks about a genuine greening of the economy: from the most theoretical aspects, e.g. the genealogy of ecological economics, to the most practical. The two most prominent conclusions are, for me: this greening cannot be achieved by companies alone, but can only be the result of different kinds of innovation: technological, organizational, institutional and lifestyle changes. The changes must be implemented at all levels, from the firm to international governance."
- Dominique Bourg, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Crisis, Innovation and Sustainable Development is a fascinating exploration at the frontiers of economics and ecology. It combines topical surveys of current work with deep reflection on the repressed role of nature in the history of economics. A work of great range and value, especially for all concerned with the strategy of economic policy going forward."
- James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin, US