Paradigm Shift: Social Justice as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Development

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Christophe Degryse

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Philippe Pochet

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

The authors argue that a new paradigm is needed for European and national policies if the challenge of sustainable development is to be answered. It will not be sufficient to simply adjust policies to short-term considerations. Rather than solely relying on economic growth, it is by promoting social cohesion and protecting the environment that a sustainable society will be created. This will require a re-examination of modes of production, distribution, transport, consumption while integrating within it as a prerequisite the notion of social justice.

Keywords: sustainable development, social policy, climate change, EU policy

Suggested Citation

Degryse, Christophe and Pochet, Philippe, Paradigm Shift: Social Justice as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Development (April 1, 2009). ETUI Working Paper 2009.02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264226 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2264226

Christophe Degryse (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Philippe Pochet

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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