What's in a Term? 'Green Growth' and the 'Blue‐Green Economy' in the Pacific Islands

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Issue 3, Volume 5, pages 408-425

Crawford School Research Paper

18 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2018

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Matthew Dornan

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Wesley Morgan

University of the South Pacific

Tess Newton Cain

Development Policy Centre; The Cairns Institute; School of Political Science and International Studies

Sandra Tarte

University of the South Pacific

Date Written: August 31, 2018

Abstract

The term “green growth” and its sister concepts, “blue‐green growth,” the “green economy,” and the “blue‐green economy,” have gained considerable traction in the Pacific island region in a short space of time. Pacific island governments, regional organisations, and development agencies all use the terms, which originate outside of the Pacific. What (and who) has driven the adoption of green growth terminology within the region? How has its usage in the region mirrored international usage? This paper presents findings from research on the vernacularisation of green growth terminology in Fiji and Vanuatu. We find a contested policy space, where Pacific actors deploy competing meanings of green growth terms in ways that both reflect their worldviews and support their agendas. This diversity has helped to underpin the rapid spread of green growth terminology in the region, while differentiating it from international usage.

Keywords: blue economy, green growth, Pacific island countries, Small Island Developing States

Suggested Citation

Dornan, Matthew and Morgan, Wesley and Newton Cain, Tess and Tarte, Sandra, What's in a Term? 'Green Growth' and the 'Blue‐Green Economy' in the Pacific Islands (August 31, 2018). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Issue 3, Volume 5, pages 408-425; Crawford School Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3263080

Matthew Dornan (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://crawford.anu.edu.au/crawford_people/content/staff/mdornan.php

Wesley Morgan

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Tess Newton Cain

Development Policy Centre ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/

The Cairns Institute ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4878
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.cairnsinstitute.jcu.edu.au/

School of Political Science and International Studies ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://polsis.uq.edu.au/

Sandra Tarte

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Laucala Campus
Suva
Fiji

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