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Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance

ISBN 9781032086552
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
410 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance provides a state-of-the-art review of core debates and contributions that offer a more normative, critical, and transformatively aspirational view on global sustainability governance.

In this landmark text, an international group of acclaimed scholars provides an overview of key analytical and normative perspectives, material and ideational structural barriers to sustainability transformation, and transformative strategies. Drawing on pivotal new and contemporary research, the volume highlights aspects to be considered and blind spots to be avoided when trying to understand and implement global sustainability governance. In this context, the authors of this book debunk many myths about all-too optimistic accounts of progress towards a sustainability transition. Simultaneously, they suggest approaches that have the potential for real sustainability transformation and systemic change, while acknowledging existing hurdles. The wide-ranging chapters in the collection are organised into four key parts:

• Part 1: Conceptual lenses

• Part 2: Ethics, principles, and debates

• Part 3: Key challenges

• Part 4: Transformative approaches

This handbook will serve as an important resource for academics and practitioners working in the fields of sustainability governance and environmental politics.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Critical and Transformative Perspectives on Global Sustainability Governance Part 1: Conceptual Lenses  1. Power and Legitimacy  2. Environmental Governance as Performance  3. Engaging the Everyday: Sustainability as Resonance  4. Materiality and Nonhuman Agency  5. Worlding Global Sustainability Governance  Part 2: Ethics, Principles, and Debates 6. Justice 7. Representation of Future Generations  8. The 'Good Life' and Protected Needs  9. Post-Eurocentric Sustainability Governance: Lessons from the Latin American Buen Vivir Experiment 10. Responsibility  11. Religion  12. Sufficiency  Part 3. Key Challenges  13. North-South Inequity and Global Environmental Governance  14. Growth and Development  15. The Mining Dilemma  16. Financialising Nature  17. Environmental Countermovements: Organised Opposition to Climate Change Action in the United States  18. A Critique of Techno-Optimism: Efficiency Without Sufficiency is Lost  19. Consumer Values and Consumption  20. The Population Challenge  Part 4: Transformative Approaches 21. Beyond Magical Thinking 22. Democracy in The Anthropocene  23. Living Well within Limits: the Vision of Consumption Corridors  24. Beyond GDP: The Economics of Well-being  25. Beyond A-Growth: Sustainable Zero Growth  26. Work-Time Reduction for Sustainable Lifestyles  27. Decarbonisation  28. Localism, Sharing, and Care  Conclusion: Global Sustainability Governance – Really?


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    Agni Kalfagianni is Associate Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    Doris Fuchs is Professor of International Relations and Sustainable Development and speaker of the Center for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research at the University of Muenster, Germany.

    Anders Hayden is Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University, Canada.


    "The heating planet and species extinction are now widely recognised existential threats to global sustainability (outside the US Republican Party) but the vast majority of policy responses ‘take the world order as a given and try to find solutions within established parameters’. This volume brings together a swathe of radical alternatives to the status quo, ranging from new planetary ethics to rethinking democracy, facing challenges from North-South inequality to financialisation, and proposing new approaches from consumption corridors to sustainable zero-growth – and many more. A timely and scholarly snapshot of a fast-moving crisis and the transformative responses it requires." Ian Gough, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, UK

    "The Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance brings much needed critical attention to the theories, ethics, conduct and practice of sustainability governance. Addressing vital questions of how to bring about transformations towards a more humane and sustainable society, I recommend it for its timeliness, breadth of coverage, and the quality of scholarship from both established and more junior academics." Peter Newell, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex, UK

    "The Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance brings together a set of essays that provide an essential guide to these turbulent times. Providing fresh thinking on key concepts and principles from power to responsibility, justice to ethics and questions of growth, sufficiency and what the good life entails, this handbook asks us to examine what transformative governance of our global challenges will entail. Working through a range of key problematics, including resource extraction, financialisation, consumption and population, this is indeed a Handbook for our current condition, one which will allow us to explore and interrogate how we have come to govern our environmental challenges towards particular ends and where the possibilities lie for shifting course." Harriet Bulkeley, Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK

    "This volume is notable for its transformative perspective, challenging longstanding rhetoric around sustainability to suggest new thinking that directly confronts the need for deep changes in response to the planetary crisis. The contributions not only identify alternative pathways for societies and governance, but also critically engage their ethical implications. With sustainability thinking once again on the rise with the advent of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to guide global policy, the critical interventions of this volume are especially timely and important." Steven Bernstein, Professor of Political Science, and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab, University of Toronto, Canada