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The Role of Non-State Actors in the Green Transition
Building a Sustainable Future

ISBN 9780367777159
Published April 1, 2021 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

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

1. Introduction Part 1. Individual and Collective Sustainable Norms and Behaviour  2. Sustainable Societies: Committed People in Supportive Conditions  3. 'It has to be Reasonable’: Pragmatic Ways of Living Sustainably in Danish Eco-Communities  4. Stronger Together: How Danish Environmental Communities Influence Behavioural and Societal Changes  Part 2. Grassroots, green communities and social impact  5. Are Vegetables Political? The Traces of the Copenhagen Food Coop  6. Rethinking Environmentalism in a ’Ruined’ World: Lessons from the Permaculture Movement  7. Urban Green Communities: Towards a Pragmatic Sociology of Civic Commonality in Sustainable City-Making  8. The Stop Wasting Food Movement as a Community of Potentialities  9.There Was No ’There’ There Any More: An Australian Story About Knowledge, Power and Resistance  10. Labour Organising Against Climate Change: The Case of Fracking in the UK  Part 3. Creating sustainable cities and infrastructures  11. Why Does Everyone Think Cities Can Save The Planet?  12. Imagining the Net Zero Emissions City: Urban Climate Governance in the City of Melbourne, Australia  13. Governing the Transnational: Exploring the Governance Tools of 100 Resilient Cities  14. Sustainability, Democracy and the Techno-Human Future


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Jens Hoff is Professor in Political Science and leader of the Centre for Sustainability and Society at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Quentin Gausset is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Simon Lex is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark