What Next for Sustainable Development?
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What Next for Sustainable Development?

Our Common Future at Thirty

Edited by James Meadowcroft, David Banister, Erling Holden, Oluf Langhelle, Kristin Linnerud and Geoffrey Gilpin

This book examines the international experience with sustainable development since the concept was brought to world-wide attention in Our Common Future, the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development. Scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds engage with three critical themes: negotiating environmental limits; equity, environment and development; and transitions and transformations. In light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, they ask what lies ahead for sustainable development.
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Chapter 13: Politics and technology: deploying the state to accelerate socio-technical transitions for sustainability

Oluf Langhelle, James Meadowcroft and Daniel Rosenbloom

Abstract

This chapter explores the essential role of politics, the state and technology in achieving transitions towards sustainable development in the area of energy. It focuses on some recent examples of emerging sustainability transitions witnessed in developed countries, with a special focus on: (1) the phase-out of coal in Ontario, Canada; and (2) the turn to electric vehicles in Norway. These cases are examined from a sustainability transition perspective, concentrating on the role of the state and politics in deliberately accelerating energy transitions. It concludes that rapid and decisive societal change can be realized through the mobilization of the powers of state through politics.

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