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The Circular Economy in (Corporate) Australia: a Preliminary Analysis


Gale, F, The Circular Economy in (Corporate) Australia: a Preliminary Analysis, 4th Edition of the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4), 26 - 28 June, Montreal, Concordia University, Canada, pp. 1-3. (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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The paper is structured as follows: in the next Section Two, I provide a brief overview of the different ways ‘economic value’ has been conceptualised in neoclassical, ecological, socialist and nationalist economics preparatory to examining how such values’ are operationalised within the modern corporation. Section Three outlines the methodology employed in the study to obtain data on the top Australian companies’ usage of the Circular Economy concept and reports the results. In Section Four,I consider the unresolved contradiction at the centre of the modern corporation, which, being legally and economically obligated to prioritise exchange value, results in haphazard, voluntaristic and opportunistic attempts to reconcile it with the protection and enhancement of function, use and 3 labour value. The article concludes with a summary of the findings, discusses the study’s limitations, and outlines some avenues for future research.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:circular economy, corporations, Australia, sustainability reporting
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Environmental politics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Measurement standards and calibration services
Objective Field:Agricultural and environmental standards and calibrations
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:134140
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-30
Last Modified:2019-07-31
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