Greening states and societies: from transitions to great transformations
Source TitleEnvironmental Politics
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
University of Melbourne Author/sEckersley, Robyn
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsEckersley, R. (2020). Greening states and societies: from transitions to great transformations. Environmental Politics, 1 (1), pp.1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2020.1810890.
Access StatusOpen Access
This article examines the limits and potential of the state in orchestrating sustainability transitions from the standpoint of critical theory on the green state. Two interrelated questions are posed. First, to what extent are democratic capitalist states necessarily compromised in their functional capacity to orchestrate ecological sustainability? Second, in light of this analysis, how can a theory of the green state that claims to be critical and transformative, rather than merely problem-solving, provide practical guidance to state and societal change agents in approaching the political challenges of ecological transition? A critical method for approaching these challenges is outlined, encompassing conjunctural analysis followed by situated, critical problem solving, which is geared to identifying the ‘next best transition steps’ with the greatest long-term transformational potential. The method is briefly illustrated in relation to the critical conjuncture presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
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