Democracies, change, sustainability, and transformation: historical perspectives

  • This article discusses the potential of a historical approach to sustainability transformations. Using environmental issues and governance structures as case studies, it first describes how historical “sustainability transformations” can be conceptualized. It then suggests that 19th-century constitutional reforms can be read as attempts at reaching fiscal sustainability, whereas some social reforms can be interpreted as attempts to render the capitalist economy sustainable. In conclusion, the article highlights that the primary value of historical approaches to sustainability transformations will not lie in models, but in encouraging more creative questions.

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Author:Andreas FahrmeirGND
Parent Title (English):Sustainability : science, practice, & policy
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/07/09
Date of first Publication:2020/07/09
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/09/21
Tag:financial sustainability; historical perspectives on sustainability; sustainability transformations; urban waste; welfare state
First Page:74
Last Page:82
This work was supported by DFG; CRC 1095,
Project C03.
Institutes:Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / Zentrum für Nordamerika-Forschung (ZENAF)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 90 Geschichte / 900 Geschichte und Geografie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0