Lack of Congruence between European Citizen Perspectives and Policies on Circular Economy

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Repo , J P , Anttonen , M T , Mykkänen , J & Lammi , M M 2018 , ' Lack of Congruence between European Citizen Perspectives and Policies on Circular Economy ' , European Journal of Sustainable Development , vol. 7 , no. 1 , pp. 249-264 . https://doi.org/10.14207/ejsd.2018.v7n1p249

Title: Lack of Congruence between European Citizen Perspectives and Policies on Circular Economy
Author: Repo, Juha Petteri; Anttonen, Markku Tapio; Mykkänen, Juri; Lammi, Minna Maaria
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research
University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Political Science
University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research



Date: 2018-02-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: European Journal of Sustainable Development
ISSN: 2239-5938
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14207/ejsd.2018.v7n1p249
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/234396
Abstract: The concept of circular economy has become a catchphrase for describing redesign of economies and industries towards better sustainability. The consideration of consumers holds a prominent role in the concept, yet consumers‟ concerns and hopes are not well accounted for. This article takes a forward-looking approach to the relationship between consumers and policies on circular economy. It analyses an extensive and systematically collected corpus of European citizen visions on desirable and sustainable futures from this perspective, and compares the outcomes to newly adopted circular economy policies in Europe. The article argues that European policies on circular economy should increasingly connect to energy and climate issues as well as social topics, if they are to build congruence between citizen and policy understandings, and thereby raise public acceptance for the concept.
Subject: 517 Political science
circular economy
policy congruence
consumers
citizen visions
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