Can Green Sustain Growth?: From the Religion to the Reality of Sustainable Prosperity

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Stanford University Press, Nov 27, 2013 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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Green growth has proven to be politically popular, but economically elusive. Can Green Sustain Growth? asks how we can move from theoretical support to implementation, and argues that this leap will require radical experimentation. But systemic change is costly, and a sweeping shift cannot be accomplished without political support, not to mention large-scale cooperation between business and government.

Insightful and timely, this book brings together eight original, international case studies to consider what we can learn from the implementation of green growth strategies to date. This analysis reveals that coalitions for green experimentation emerge and survive when they link climate solutions to specific problems with near-term benefits that appeal to both environmental and industrial interests. Based on these findings, the volume delivers concrete policy recommendations for the next steps in the necessary shift towards sustainable prosperity.

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John Zysman is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he also serves as Co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and the Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformations. He has served on a variety of public and private boards and as a consultant to governments and companies in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Mark Huberty is a Research Associate at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and a visiting fellow at the Bruegel think tank. He has received several notable awards, including the 2010-2011 Fulbright-Schuman fellowship at the European Union and the 2010-2013 STAR fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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