International Political Economy Series

The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition

Pathways Beyond Techno-Optimism

Authors: Kirby, Peadar, O’Mahony, Tadhg

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  • Analyzes how we can transition to a low-carbon society
  • Demonstrates that development pathways exist that do not mirror the carbon intensive trajectories of the global North
  • Exposes the political-economic systems that favour the status quo
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About this book

This book addresses the global need to transition to a low-carbon society and economy by 2050. The authors interrogate the dominant frames used for understanding this challenge and the predominant policy approaches for achieving it. Highlighting the techno-optimism that informs our current understanding and policy options, Kirby and O’Mahony draw on the lessons of international development to situate the transition within a political economy framework. Assisted by thinking on future scenarios, they critically examine the range of pathways being implemented by both developed and developing countries, identifying the prevailing forms of climate capitalism led by technology. Based on evidence that this is inadequate to achieve a low-carbon and sustainable society, the authors identify an alternative approach. This advance emerges from community initiatives, discussions on postcapitalism and debates about wellbeing and degrowth. The re-positioning of society and environment at the core of development can be labelled “ecosocialism” – a concept which must be tempered against the conditions created by Trumpism and Brexit.

About the authors

Peadar Kirby is Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has published widely on models of development, and on political economy. His latest book is Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society: Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing, co-edited with Ernest Garcia and Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias (2017).

Tadhg O’Mahony is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in wellbeing and sustainability at the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku, Finland. He has published on a range of topics relating to climate change policy, sustainability, energy, wellbeing and future scenarios.

Reviews

“In a clear and powerful argument, grounded in evidence from a wide range of sources, this book will persuade you that only eco-socialism can solve the climate crisis and ensure our survival.” (Professor Jacklyn Cock, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

“Solutions to the wicked problem of climate change go far beyond technological innovations and require economic and social transformation. Kirby and O’Mahony provide a concise account of the dilemma and a guide to some ways forward.” (Professor Max Koch, Lund University, Sweden, author of Capitalism and Climate Change, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

 “This book perceives the climate crisis as embedded in the overarching crisis of modernity, drawing attention to the deep drivers threatening our future, such as dominant values, norms, and institutions.” (Paul Raskin, President of the Tellus Institute, USA)

“This book could not be more timely. It puts the political economy at centre-stage, where it belongs. It links ‘low-carbon’ development with markets and political drivers, highlights the limits of technological responses, and the necessity and opportunity of political renewal.” (Corinne Le Quéré, University of East Anglia, UK)

“This book gives fresh insights into the political economy underpinning radical pathways to lowcarbon societies, with examples of successes.” (Terry Barker, University of Cambridge, UK)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Defining the Problem: The Complex Dimensions of the Grave New Threats We Face

    Pages 3-28

    Kirby, Peadar (et al.)

  • Framing the Problem: How the Climate Change Message is Constructed

    Pages 29-55

    Kirby, Peadar (et al.)

  • Addressing the Problem: Understanding Low-Carbon Transition with the Social Sciences

    Pages 57-86

    Kirby, Peadar (et al.)

  • Development Models: Lessons from International Development

    Pages 89-113

    Kirby, Peadar (et al.)

  • Planning Future Pathways: Implications and Outcomes of Scenario Studies

    Pages 115-141

    Kirby, Peadar (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62554-6
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Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62553-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87340-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition
Book Subtitle
Pathways Beyond Techno-Optimism
Authors
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62554-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62554-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62553-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87340-4
Series ISSN
2662-2483
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 303
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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