Quotation Hausknost, Daniel, Hammond, Marit, Hrsg. 2021. The Political Prospects of a Sustainability Transformation: Moving Beyond the Environmental State. 1. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.




Half a century ago, many democratic states started to respond to environmental pressures that had arisen in the wake of rapid industrialization. They set up environmental ministries and agencies and issued legislation to control the pollution of air and water and to manage industrial processes, wastes and toxic substances. This was the birth of the environmental state, as we know it today. With planetary ecological challenges like climate change spiraling out of control and dwarfing the environmental state’s classical tasks of environmental management, new questions about the transformative capacities of the state are becoming acute today. How large is the state’s capability to transform enhanced industrial societies into sustainable post-carbon societies? Do its new environmental functions empower the state to prioritise ecological goals over economic growth? Can the state’s environmental management capabilities be radicalised to turn it into a ‘sustainability state’? Can democracies be enhanced to enlarge the state’s transformative capacities?


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Edited book (editorship)
Language English
Type of published work Book
Title The Political Prospects of a Sustainability Transformation: Moving Beyond the Environmental State
Edition 1
Location Abingdon and New York
Publisher Routledge
Year 2021
URL https://www.routledge.com/The-Political-Prospects-of-a-Sustainability-Transformation-Moving-Beyond/Hausknost-Hammond/p/book/9780367676711
ISBN 978-0-367-67671-1
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Hausknost, Daniel (Details)
Hammond, Marit (Keele University, United Kingdom)
Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
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