Political Economy of the E...
Since its introduction in the Brundtland Report in 1987, the term ‘sustainable development’ has appeared as an important vocabulary in the political lexicon of international community. It brings a normative view on the ability of human society to deal with social, environmental and economic challenges facing civilization. The term has been widely used in many contexts, presenting challenges to build a coherent understanding on how to balance environmental protection with development efforts.
The concept, however, has been highly debated. Sustainable development is not a given concept developed in a political vacuum. There are constellation of interests and struggle for power that may facilitate or even hinder its implementation. This course, therefore, is designed to critically examine the debate surrounding sustainable development. In doing so, it looks at the political economic contexts that influence the construction of environmental problems.