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Principles for sustainability: the need to shift to a sustainable conventional regime
Université Grenoble Alpes; Institut d’Urbanisme de Grenoble.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9869-9707
2015 (English)In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, ISSN 1387-585X, E-ISSN 1573-2975, Vol. 17, no 1, 83-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that the present dominant economic system rests upon unquestioned beliefs that are in a deep contradiction with the pursuit of sustainable development. The economics of conventions is used as an analytical framework through which to demonstrate the conflict between the dominant conventions underpinning societal development and the objectives of sustainable development. It suggests that a trajectory towards the objectives of sustainable development should be managed through a reflexion concerning the conventional principles required to be adopted in order to favour the emergence of a new conventional regime. The principles of proximity, the increase in individual and collective capabilities, and participative democracy are presented as possible principles that could be adopted in order to favour the emergence of a new conventional regime. 

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Springer Netherlands, 2015. Vol. 17, no 1, 83-100 p.
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Sustainable development, Sustainability, Coordination, Conventional regimes
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145123DOI: 10.1007/s10668-014-9539-4OAI: diva2:716406

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