Introduction: Green economy and sustainable development: Bringing back the social

Sarah Cook, Kiah Smith

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Any transition to a sustainable and equitable green economy will require restructuring patterns of production, consumption and distribution and finding innovative development alternatives to achieve justice on a global scale. Social dimensions- including social and distributive policies, social relationships and institutions, and the ability of all groups to participate in or contest policy choices- will be critical in driving this transformation. However, these dimensions have consistently received least attention in the triad of issues that define sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • contestation
  • justice
  • markets
  • power
  • social policy
  • transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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