The Refinement of Production: Ecological Modernization Theory and the Chemical Industry
The theory of ecological modernization explains the forces, mechanisms and dynamics of environmental reform in modern society. Its value is illustrated in the ecological restructuring of the chemical industry on a national and global scale. Detailed studies on the paint industry, the plastic and polymer sector and the pesticide industry show how and to what extent the environment is becoming a crucial factor in the redesigning of the institutional order of society.
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active addition agricultural agropesticides analysing APME BASF bioplastics branch associations cadmium CEPE chemical production chemical waste countries Department dimension Dutch chemical industry eco-label ecological modernization theory ecological restructuring economic network emergence emissions Environment environment-induced environmental issues environmental movement environmental organizations environmental performance environmental policy environmental problems environmental sociology European Chemical extent factor Germany governmental Huber important increasing industrial society institutional limited number low organic solvent major ment multinational natural paints negotiations Netherlands NGOs organic solvent paints packaging paint companies paint firms paint industry paint producers paint sector pesticide industry plastic sector plastic waste policy community policy network polymer producers processes of ecological raw materials recycling reflexive modernity regard relations resins risk society social strategy sub-sectors substances thermoplastics tion tonnes toxic transformation VROM VVVF water based paints