This book argues that there is no way to make progress in building a sustainable future without extensive participation of non-state actors.
The volume explores the contribution of non-state actors to a sustainable transition, starting with citizens and communities of different kinds and ending with cities and city-networks. The authors analyse social, cultural, political and economic drivers and barriers for this transition, from individual behaviour to structural restraints, and investigate interplay between the two. Through a series of wide-ranging case studies from the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy and Denmark, and a number of comparative case studies, the volume provides an empirically and theoretically robust argument that highlights the need to develop, widen and scale up collective action and community-based engagement if the transition to sustainability is to be successful.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, sustainability and environmental policy.
Table of contents
Jens Hoff, Quentin Gausset and Simon Lex
Part 1. Individual and Collective Sustainable Norms and Behaviour
Laura Henn and Florian G. Kaiser
Part 2. Grassroots, green communities and social impact
Jens Hoff and Mine Islar
Anette Gravgaard Christensen, Jakob Laage-Thomsen and Anders Blok
Simon Lex and Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen
Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Part 3. Creating sustainable cities and infrastructures
Hillary Angelo and David Wachsmuth
Anne Bach Nielsen
Clark A. Miller