Key Challenges to Ecological Modernization Theory

  title={Key Challenges to Ecological Modernization Theory},
  author={Richard York and E. Rosa},
  journal={Organization & Environment},
  pages={273 - 288}
  • Richard York, E. Rosa
  • Published 2003
  • Economics
  • Organization & Environment
  • We raise four challenges to the claim of ecological modernization theory (EMT) that continued modernization is necessary for ecological sustainability. First, EMT needs to go beyond merely demonstrating that societies modify their institutions in reaction to environmental problems and show that such modifications lead to ecological improvements. Second, EMT must show that late stages of modernizing processes lead to the ecological transformation of production and consumption at relatively high… CONTINUE READING
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