The triple challenge for Europe: the economy, climate change, and governance

Fagerberg, Jan, Laestadius, Staffan and Martin, Ben R (2016) The triple challenge for Europe: the economy, climate change, and governance. Challenge, 59 (3). pp. 178-204. ISSN 0577-5132

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Abstract

Europe is confronted by an intimidating triple challenge – economic stagnation, climate change, and a governance crisis. This paper demonstrates how the three challenges are closely inter-related, and discusses how they can be dealt with more effectively in order to arrive at a more economically secure, environmentally sustainable and well governed Europe. In particular, a return to economic growth cannot come at the expense of greater risk of irreversible climate change. Instead, what is required is a fundamental transformation of the economy to a new ‘green’ trajectory based on rapidly diminishing emission of greenhouse gases. Following this path would mean turning Europe into a veritable laboratory for sustainable growth, environmentally as well as socially.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Europe, European Union, triple challenge, economic stagnation, climate change, governance crisis, innovation policy, transformation process
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Ben Martin
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 09:59
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 13:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60228
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