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The recession, environmental policy and ecological modernization - what's new about the Green New Deal?

Feindt, Peter H. and Cowell, Richard John Westley 2010. The recession, environmental policy and ecological modernization - what's new about the Green New Deal? International Planning Studies 15 (3) , pp. 191-211. 10.1080/13563475.2010.509474

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Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of the Great Recession on environmental policy. We argue that the recession has a specific environmental policy dimension by challenging underlying assumptions of the dominant model of environmental policy – ecological modernization (EM). Due to its Schumpeterian connotations, the concept of EM is more vocal on the connection between the economic crisis and environmental policy than most alternative approaches. When a ‘Green New Deal’ became a core element of fiscal stimuli packages, it was widely based on an EM discourse. However, actual ‘green’ stimulus policies have proved more problematic, as is shown for energy-related and car-related measures in the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany. On reflection, while boosting environmental efficiency investments, the ‘Green New Deal’ has so far failed to address underlying vulnerabilities of the EM model.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Additional Information: Special Issue: The great recession: a transformative moment for planning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1356-3475
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:07
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/10613

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