International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

The Power of Unsustainable Development: What is to Be Done?

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Regardless of the state of theory and practice in sustainable development, there is no doubt that an ethical/moral imperative exists to address socioeconomic inequality and degradation of the environment. To realize the goals of sustainable development, it must be liberated from its embeddedness in the ideology and institutional parameters of capitalism. This calls for a departure from the current reformist character of development theory and the practice and articulation of an alternative vision of political economy, as well as a politically strong commitment to realizing it. This endeavor should be global in scope: not in an attempt to create a homogeneous world order but rather to prevent social diversity from being reconfigured and disciplined according to the imperatives of capital. The state must play a pivotal role if social transformative efforts are to bear fruit and break through the impasse capitalism has imposed on realizing the goals of sustainable development.

Publication Title

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Publication Date

11-1-2003

Volume

590

First Page

6

Last Page

34

ISSN

0002-7162

DOI

10.1177/0002716203258283

Keywords

nongovernmental organizations, postdevelopmentalism, social justice, sustainable development

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