Breaking the Treadmill? : Climate Change Policy Networks and the Prospects for Low Carbon Futures in Australia and Finland

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Ylä-Anttila , T , Gronow , A , Karimo , A , Goodman , J & da Rimini , F 2020 , ' Breaking the Treadmill? Climate Change Policy Networks and the Prospects for Low Carbon Futures in Australia and Finland ' , Society and Natural Resources , vol. 33 , no. 11 , pp. 1380-1398 . https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2020.1802540

Title: Breaking the Treadmill? : Climate Change Policy Networks and the Prospects for Low Carbon Futures in Australia and Finland
Author: Ylä-Anttila, Tuomas; Gronow, Antti; Karimo, Aasa; Goodman, James; da Rimini, Francesca
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Political Science
University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Political Science
Date: 2020-11-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Society and Natural Resources
ISSN: 0894-1920
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327080
Abstract: The Treadmill of Production Theory (TPT) argues that in advanced capitalist societies, business organizations, trade unions, and state actors form a constellation that prioritizes economic growth over environmental concerns. We combine this perspective with the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) and use methods of social network analysis, survey data on key organizations in Finland and Australia, and in-depth interviews to map the policy network structures that resist low carbon transitions, and identify potential for change in these structures. We find that a coalition of economic, labor, and governmental organizations resists a low carbon transition in both countries. However, we also find several possible avenues of incremental change through changes in the network structures and the beliefs held by actors in the networks. Theoretically, this suggests that the TPT is correct in its diagnosis of the current situation, but the ACF may be a more fruitful perspective for identifying potential for change.
Subject: 5171 Political Science
Advocacy Coalition Framework
climate Change
policy change
policy networks
treadmill of production
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