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

part 1|15 pages

Conceptual lenses

part 2|15 pages

Ethics, principles, and debates

chapter 9|14 pages

Post-Eurocentric sustainability governance

Lessons from the Latin American Buen Vivir experiment

chapter 10|12 pages


chapter 11|10 pages


chapter 12|13 pages


part 3|15 pages

Key challenges

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages

Growth and development

chapter 15|13 pages

The mining dilemma

chapter 16|12 pages

Financialising nature

chapter 17|13 pages

Environmental countermovements

Organised opposition to climate change action in the United States

chapter 18|11 pages

A critique of techno-optimism

Efficiency without sufficiency is lost

chapter 19|12 pages

Consumer values and consumption

chapter 20|12 pages

The population challenge

part 4|15 pages

Transformative approaches

chapter 21|15 pages

Beyond magical thinking

chapter 22|14 pages

Democracy in the Anthropocene

chapter 23|12 pages

Living well within limits

The vision of consumption corridors

chapter 24|14 pages

Beyond GDP

The economics of well-being

chapter 25|12 pages

Beyond a-growth

Sustainable zero growth

chapter 27|13 pages


chapter 28|11 pages

Localism, sharing, and care

chapter |7 pages


Global sustainability governance – really?