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Max Koch

Max Koch

Professor

Max Koch

Sustainable Welfare in the EU: Promoting Synergies between Climate and Social Policies

Author

  • Max Koch
  • Anne Therese Gullberg
  • Mi Ah Schoyen
  • Bjørn Hvinden

Summary, in English

The commentary addresses the scope for synergy between climate change policy and social policy in the European Union (EU) from a ‘sustainable welfare’ perspective. The emerging sustainable welfare approach is oriented to the satisfaction of human needs within ecological limits, in an intergenerational and global perspective. While the overall goals of EU climate policy and EU welfare policies largely reflect this orientation, there are significant differences in policy priorities. A ‘policy auditing’ approach towards sustainable welfare defines critical thresholds for matter and energy throughput to identify how much room there is for economic and societal development. However, the EU refrains from prioritizing environmental over other, especially economic, goals and displays a remarkable degree of optimism in relation to the extent to which one can make these different policy goals compatible

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2016-09-13

Language

English

Pages

704-715

Publication/Series

Critical Social Policy

Volume

36

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • social policy
  • sustainable welfare
  • EU
  • synergy

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0261-0183