Ecological modernisation, social movements and renewable energy

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Ecological modernisation (EM) theory has involved a debate about the relative importance of concentrating on incorporating technological change into mainstream industry and, on the other hand, developing ‘reflexive’ capacities for debate involving social movements (SMs). However, such discussions may obscure the need to study the involvement of SMs in the development and deployment of ‘ecological’ technologies themselves. This issue is investigated through an analysis of renewable energy, principally wind power. SM involvement in eco-technological development and implementation may be understated by EM theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-77
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


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