The green economy agenda: business as usual or transformational discourse?

Ferguson, Peter 2015, The green economy agenda: business as usual or transformational discourse?, Environmental politics, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 17-37, doi: 10.1080/09644016.2014.919748.

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Title The green economy agenda: business as usual or transformational discourse?
Author(s) Ferguson, PeterORCID iD for Ferguson, Peter
Journal name Environmental politics
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 37
Total pages 21
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0964-4016
Keyword(s) green economy
green growth
economic and environmental security
limits to growth
post-growth society
discursive rearticulation
Summary This analysis of the emergence since 2008 of the green economy agenda and the related idea of ‘green growth’ focusses upon the articulation of these discourses within key international economic and environmental institutions and evaluates whether this implies the beginning of an institutional transformation towards an ecologically sustainable world economy. The green economy may have the capacity to help animate a transition away from current socially and ecologically unsustainable patterns of economic growth only if notions of green growth can be discursively separated from green economy, strong articulations of green economy become dominant, and alternative measures of progress to gross domestic product are widely adopted. The concept of ‘rearticulation’, found in post-structural discourse theory, is proposed to guide this transition. This offers a framework to reconstruct notions of prosperity, progress, and security whilst avoiding direct and disempowering discursive conflict with currently hegemonic pro-growth discourses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09644016.2014.919748
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
1606 Political Science
1605 Policy And Administration
0502 Environmental Science And Management
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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