The sustainability debate: Idealism versus conformism—the controversy over economic growth

  title={The sustainability debate: Idealism versus conformism—the controversy over economic growth},
  author={S. Verstegen and J. Hanekamp},
  pages={349 - 362}
Abstract Since the publication of Our Common Future in 1987, scientists have struggled with the concept of sustainability and many definitions are now in existence. However, one can differentiate between a much smaller series of themes. Working from these definitions, we focus on six such themes. We will furthermore show that these themes are the battleground for two opposing worldviews within Western society which rule each other out. The first, the idealistic strand, operates in clear… Expand
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