The Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance provides a state-of-the-art review of core debates and contributions that offer a more normative, critical, and transformatively aspirational view on global sustainability governance.

In this landmark text, an international group of acclaimed scholars provides an overview of key analytical and normative perspectives, material and ideational structural barriers to sustainability transformation, and transformative strategies. Drawing on pivotal new and contemporary research, the volume highlights aspects to be considered and blind spots to be avoided when trying to understand and implement global sustainability governance. In this context, the authors of this book debunk many myths about all-too optimistic accounts of progress towards a sustainability transition. Simultaneously, they suggest approaches that have the potential for real sustainability transformation and systemic change, while acknowledging existing hurdles. The wide-ranging chapters in the collection are organised into four key parts:

• Part 1: Conceptual lenses

• Part 2: Ethics, principles, and debates

• Part 3: Key challenges

• Part 4: Transformative approaches

This handbook will serve as an important resource for academics and practitioners working in the fields of sustainability governance and environmental politics.

chapter |10 pages


Critical and transformative perspectives on global sustainability governance
ByAnders Hayden, Doris Fuchs, Agni Kalfagianni

part Part 1|15 pages

Conceptual lenses

chapter 1|15 pages

Power and legitimacy

ByMagdalena Bexell

chapter 2|12 pages

Environmental governance as performance

ByIngolfur Blühdorn, Michael Deflorian

chapter 3|9 pages

Engaging the everyday

Sustainability as resonance
ByJohn M. Meyer

chapter 4|12 pages

Materiality and nonhuman agency

ByTobias Gumbert

chapter 5|13 pages

Worlding global sustainability governance

ByCristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, Thais Lemos Ribeiro, Ítalo Sant’ Anna Resende

part Part 2|15 pages

Ethics, principles, and debates

chapter 6|15 pages

Justice 1

ByAgni Kalfagianni, Andrea K. Gerlak, Lennart Olsson, Michelle Scobie

chapter 7|12 pages

Representation of future generations

ByPeter Lawrence

chapter 8|15 pages

The ‘good life’ and Protected Needs

ByAntonietta Di Giulio, Rico Defila

chapter 9|14 pages

Post-Eurocentric sustainability governance

Lessons from the Latin American Buen Vivir experiment
ByJulien Vanhulst, Adrián E. Beling

chapter 10|12 pages


ByLuigi Pellizzoni

chapter 11|10 pages


ByKatharina Glaab

chapter 12|13 pages


ByAnders Hayden

part Part 3|15 pages

Key challenges

chapter 13|15 pages

North-South inequity and global environmental governance

ByChukwumerije Okereke

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages

Growth and development

ByKerryn Higgs

chapter 15|13 pages

The mining dilemma

ByThomas Princen

chapter 16|12 pages

Financialising nature

ByJennifer Clapp, Phoebe Stephens

chapter 17|13 pages

Environmental countermovements

Organised opposition to climate change action in the United States
ByRobert Brulle, Melissa Aronczyk

chapter 18|11 pages

A critique of techno-optimism

Efficiency without sufficiency is lost
BySamuel Alexander, Jonathan Rutherford

chapter 19|12 pages

Consumer values and consumption

ByNaomi Krogman

chapter 20|12 pages

The population challenge

ByDiana Coole

part Part 4|15 pages

Transformative approaches

chapter 21|15 pages

Beyond magical thinking

ByMichael Maniates

chapter 22|14 pages

Democracy in the Anthropocene

ByAyşem Mert

chapter 23|12 pages

Living well within limits

The vision of consumption corridors
ByDoris Fuchs

chapter 24|14 pages

Beyond GDP

The economics of well-being
ByDirk Philipsen

chapter 25|12 pages

Beyond a-growth

Sustainable zero growth
BySteffen Lange

chapter 26|14 pages

Work-time reduction for sustainable lifestyles

ByJörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén, Erik Lundberg

chapter 27|13 pages


ByRichard Lane

chapter 28|11 pages

Localism, sharing, and care

ByKaren Litfin

chapter |7 pages


Global sustainability governance – really?
ByDoris Fuchs, Anders Hayden, Agni Kalfagianni