Quotation Cahen-Fourot, Louison. 2020. Contemporary capitalisms and their social relation to the environment. Ecological Economics. 172




This paper analyses the socio-economic context into which environmental policies and ecological sentiments emerge through empirically studying the relation to the environment of di erent kinds of capitalism. The as- sociation and interaction of the relation to the environment with other key social relations, e.g. the labour- capital relations, are studied and discussed. To achieve this, I draw from Regulation Theory and augment its analytical framework with an explicit environmental dimension. I then conduct an empirical analysis of the diversity of contemporary capitalism including the social relation to the environment for a sample of thirty-seven OECD and BRICS countries. Five kinds of capitalism are identi ed: the Northern-continental European, the Southern-central European, the Anglo-Saxon and Paci c, the Emerging Countries and the Two Giants. A main result is the correspondence between social relations to the environment exhibiting ecology-prone socio-political stances and a lower domestic natural resources intensity with labour oriented capital-labour relations, welfare- oriented states and openness to foreign suppliers. However, the results show that countries that are the most ecology-prone are also the ones that have the most relocated their environmental impact, con rming that global capitalism is not an ecological system. Implications of this pattern for a socio-ecological transition are discussed.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Ecological Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Contemporary capitalisms and their social relation to the environment
Volume 172
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0921800919307372
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106634
Open Access N


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