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Viser: Green Capitalism? - Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century

Green Capitalism? - Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century

Green Capitalism?

Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century
Hartmut Berghoff og Adam Rome
(2017)
Sprog: Engelsk
University of Pennsylvania Press
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  • Hardback: 312 sider
  • Udgiver: University of Pennsylvania Press (April 2017)
  • Forfattere: Hartmut Berghoff og Adam Rome
  • ISBN: 9780812249019

At a time when the human impact on the environment is more devastating than ever, business initiatives frame the quest to "green" capitalism as the key to humanity's long-term survival. Indeed, even before the rise of the environmental movement in the 1970s, businesses sometimes had reasons to protect parts of nature, limit their production of wastes, and support broader environmental reforms. In the last thirty years, especially, many businesses have worked hard to reduce their direct and indirect environmental footprint. But are these efforts exceptional, or can capitalism truly be environmentally conscious?

Green Capitalism? offers a critical, historically informed perspective on building a more sustainable economy. Written by scholars of business history and environmental history, the essays in this volume consider the nature of capitalism through historical overviews of twentieth-century businesses and a wide range of focused case studies. Beginning early in the century, contributors explore the response of business leaders to environmental challenges in an era long before the formation of the modern regulatory state. Moving on to midcentury environmental initiatives, scholars analyze failed business efforts to green products and packaging--such as the infamous six-pack ring--in the 1960s and 1970s. The last section contains case studies of businesses that successfully managed greening initiatives, from the first effort by an electric utility to promote conservation, to the environmental overhaul of a Swedish mining company, to the problem of household waste in pre-1990 West Germany. Ranging in geographic scope from Europe to the United States, Green Capitalism? raises questions about capitalism in different historical, sociocultural, and political contexts.

Contributors: Hartmut Berghoff, Ann-Kristin Bergquist, Brian C. Black, William D. Bryan, Julie Cohn, Leif Fredrickson, Hugh S. Gorman, Geoffrey Jones, David Kinkela, Roman Köster, Joseph A. Pratt, Adam Rome, Christine Meisner Rosen.

Preface
--Roger Horowitz

PART I. THE BIG PICTURE
Chapter 1. The Ecology of Commerce: Environmental History and the Challenge of Building a Sustainable Economy --Adam Rome 1
Chapter 2. Shades of Green: A Business-History Perspective on Eco-Capitalism --Hartmut Berghoff
Chapter 3. The Role of Businesses in Constructing Systems of Environmental Governance --Hugh S. Gorman

PART II. CONSERVATION BEFORE ENVIRONMENTALISM
Chapter 4. Business Leadership in the Movement to Regulate Industrial Air Pollution in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century America --Christine Meisner Rosen
Chapter 5. "Constructive and Not Destructive Development": Permanent Uses of Resources in the American South --William D. Bryan
Chapter 6. Utilities as Conservationists? The Paradox of Electrification During the Progressive Era in North America --Julie Cohn

PART III. FAILURES AND DILEMMAS
Chapter 7. Plastic Six-Pack Rings: The Business and Politics of an Environmental Problem --David Kinkela
Chapter 8. The Rise and Fall of an Ecostar: Green Technology Innovation and Marketing as Regulatory Obstruction --Leif Fredrickson

PART IV. GOING GREEN
Chapter 9. Dilemmas of Going Green: Environmental Strategies in the Swedish Mining Company Boliden, 1960-2000 --Ann-Kristin Bergquist
Chapter 10. Private Companies and the Recycling of Household Waste in West Germany, 1965-1990 --Roman K?ster
Chapter 11. Kill-a-Watt: The Greening of Consolidated Edison in the 1970s --Joseph A. Pratt
Chapter 12. Entrepreneurship, Policy, and the Geography of Wind Energy --Geoffrey Jones
Chapter 13. Driving Change: The Winding Road to Greener Automobiles --Brian C. Black Notes Contributors Acknowledgments
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