Globalisation, commons dilemmas and sustainable quality of life: What do we need, what can we do, what may we achieve?

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    Abstract

    A behavioural science view is unfolded on sustainable development of society from a European perspective. Free-market expansion implies significant pressures on environmental and social qualities in many countries. An extended commons dilemma (ExCD) model is presented to capture the tension between individual and collective interests. A variety of people-environment studies can be well aligned with the successive ExCD steps. The model is applied to the expanding domain of motorised transport. Here, market-stimulated individual freedom is insufficiently checked by government policies aimed at securing vital collective goods. Current (Dutch and EU) policy principles are criticised and a set of guidelines for sustainable transportation is advanced. In view of these and on the basis of Dutch survey research, we may question economic growth, work and income as overriding factors of future human well-being. Conclusions are drawn about comprehensive sustainability research, the structuring of people-environment studies, and the issue of "practicing theory versus theorising practice".

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION, AND SUSTAINABILITY
    EditorsRG Mira, JMS Cameselle, Martinez
    Place of PublicationTORONTO
    PublisherHogrefe Publishing
    Pages41-60
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)0-88937-282-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event17th Conference of the International-Association-for-People-Environment-Studies - , Spain
    Duration: 1-Jan-2002 → …

    Other

    Other17th Conference of the International-Association-for-People-Environment-Studies
    Country/TerritorySpain
    Period01/01/2002 → …

    Keywords

    • sustainable development
    • commons dilemma
    • behaviour change
    • motorised transport
    • quality of life

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