1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on the Green New Deal

Edited By Kyla Tienhaara, Joanna Robinson Copyright 2023
    514 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent years, the Green New Deal has moved from relative obscurity to front and centre of policy discussions and public debates about how to respond to the climate crisis. It has been credited with radically changing the nature of the conversation on climate change and with re-energizing the environmental movement at a critical time. All Green New Deal proposals share an emphasis on the need for governments (rather than markets) to lead the energy transition. However, they differ in other respects. This Handbook analyses the fundamentals underlying all Green New Deals as well as exploring national and regional variations.

    It is divided into three parts. The first part examines the political economy of the Green New Deal focussing not just on how proposals will be costed but also on opportunities for a fundamental transformation of both national economies and the global economic system. The second part explores issues of justice, which are central to many Green New Deal proposals, including Indigenous rights, racial and gender equity, and justice for the Global South. In the third part, authors detail case studies of Green New Deal proposals and plans at the local, national, and regional level.

    This book will be an invaluable research and reference volume for students and scholars in economics, politics, sociology, geography, and environmental studies. It should also be of interest to those actively involved in climate and environmental policymaking.


    Avi Lewis


    Kyla Tienhaara and Joanna Robinson

    PART I Political economy of the Green New Deal

    1 The Green New Deal, climate breakdown, and power

    Ann Pettifor 

    2 Financing the Green New Deal: The Modern Monetary Theory approach

    Yeva Nersisyan

    3 Central banks and Green New Deals: What role can they play?

    Ray Galvin 

    4 Avoiding the pitfalls of capitalism in the Green New Deal

    John McCollum

    5 A Green New Deal for agriculture: Whither capitalism?

    Benjamin Selwyn

    6 Work time reduction and the Green New Deal

    Juliet Schor and Kyla Tienhaara

    7 Reshaping global trade and investment law for a Green New Deal

    Todd N. Tucker and Timothy Meyer

    PART II Tackling injustice through the Green New Deal

    8 Jobs, justice, and the Green New Deal

    Joanna Robinson

    9 Lessons for a Green New Deal? Race, the New Deal legacy, and environmental inequality in Detroit

    Josiah Rector

    10 The Seventh Fire and the Sitting Bull Plan: An Indigenous Green New Deal

    Winona LaDuke

    11 The Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal: Opportunities and challenges

    Frances Roberts-Gregory

    12 Democratizing the Green New Deal

    Julie MacArthur, Christina E. Hoicka and Runa R. Das

    13 A Green New Deal beyond the "North": Both promise and peril

    Vijay Kolinjivadi and Ashish Kothari

    PART III The Green New Deal in Practice

    14 Chinese Green Job Guarantee: A roadmap for sustainable prosperity

    Vincent (Yijiang) Huang

    15 South Korea’s Green New Deal 2.0: Old wine in new bottles?

    Kyla Tienhaara, Sun-Jin Yun and Ryan Gunderson

    16 Decarbonization without democracy: Tennis-ball politics and the EU Green Deal

    David Adler and Pawel Wargan

    17 The evolution of the UK’s Green New Deal: "Green Industrial Revolution", "Building Back Better," and beyond

    Dan Bailey and Elena Hofferberth

    18 A made-in-Canada Green New Deal

    Seth Klein

    19 Cities and the Green New Deal: Addressing the financialization of urban production

    Christopher W. Gibson

    Appendix: Examples of Green New Deals and legislative proposals


    Kyla Tienhaara is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment in the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. Her research explores the impacts of economic globalization on environmental governance. Her book Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2018) explored the green stimulus measures adopted in five countries in 2008/09. More information on her Green New Deal-related research can be found at http://greennewdealinfo.com

    Joanna Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interim Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research focusses on environmental politics, climate change, and social movements in a cross-national comparative perspective. Her current research focusses on the role of labour and environmental movements in shaping the transition to a green economy in the United States and Canada.