Beyond growth: new alliances for socio-ecological transformation in Austria

Soder, Michael and Niedermoser, Kathrin and Theine, Hendrik ORCID: (2018) Beyond growth: new alliances for socio-ecological transformation in Austria. Globalizations, 15 (4). pp. 520-535. ISSN 1474-7731

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Trade unions and environmental movements are often seen as political opponents most prominently discussed in the form of the "jobs vs. environment dilemma". Based on historical examples of the conflict relations between trade unions and environmental groups in the Austrian energy sector, this paper showcases how the relationship between the two groups has changed from enmity to first attempts at alliance building. Drawing from analysis of union documents and problem-centred interviews conducted with Austrian unionists, it shows that newly emerging alliances between unions and environmental movements contain the seeds for a broad societal movement that can help overcome the paradigm of growth and actively engage in the creation of policies that support a social-ecological transformation.

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Additional Information: As part of the research project TRAFO-Labour, the work presented here was funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (Grant No. B368588).
Keywords: Trade unions, environment, environmental movements, energy sector, economic growth, job vs. environment, Austria, socio-ecological transformation
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Mohammad Al Hessan
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2019 09:26
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