Fly me to the end of the world? – The failure to see political opportunities in the aviation industry

Rasmus Karlsson

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Abstract

Confronted with a looming crisis of ecological deprivation and global resource depletion, the political response of most liberal regimes has been a complacent wait-and-see attitude, at best combined with piecemeal environmental reforms and moral support for international initiatives such as the Kyoto Treaty. Meanwhile, the theoretical discourse on sustainability seems to be oscillating between the unsound extremes of deep-green ecologism on one hand and neo-classical hopes of infinite growth on the other.

This paper takes on the aviation industry – perhaps the most extreme exponent of the fossil economy – in an attempt to show that radical sustainable policies do not have to be as politically unpleasant as many pro-market liberals may think. By reconciling the politics of scarcity with technological optimism, the paper explores how a new taxation scheme could be used to drive innovation while offering a path to sustainability that goes beyond just curbing consumption. It is concluded that such a policy orientation would allow social democratic and liberal parties to challenge the prevailing pessimistic discourse on sustainability at the same time as they remain consistent with their own historical roots.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2006
EventECPR Summer School on Environmental Politics and Policy, 2006 - Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 2006 Jun 252006 Jul 7

Conference

ConferenceECPR Summer School on Environmental Politics and Policy, 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityStaffordshire
Period2006/06/252006/07/07

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science

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