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Adapting ecological modernisation to the Australian context


Howes, M and McKenzie, M and Gleeson, B and Gray, R and Byrne, J and Daniels, P, Adapting ecological modernisation to the Australian context, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 7, (1) pp. 5-21. ISSN 1943-815X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/19438150903478597


This article uses a broad range of ecological modernisation (EM) literature to derive five core theoretical themes: technological innovation; engaging with economic imperatives; political and institutional change; transforming the role of social movements; and discursive change. These themes are then developed into an analytical framework and adapted to suit the Australian context. The underlying argument is that while key elements of weak EM can be found in most environmental and sustainability policies, stronger versions have more transformative potential. Care must be taken, however, in transplanting the theory from the European political and economic environment to the Australian context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, ecological modernisation, environmental policy, environmental planning, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Population trends and policies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125279
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-11
Last Modified:2018-05-21

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