The green economy as sustainable alternative?

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This article explores the green economy as a sustainable alternative to austerity in Greece. I argue that the movement toward the green economy has been hijacked by multinational corporations taking advantage of austerity-era policy that encourages a repetition of the same neoliberal model of privatization, short-term accumulation, rentier agreements and resource extraction. This is contrary to views that cast 'crisis' as an incubator of economic strategies that may feed green ecological transformations of the economy leading, ultimately, to sustainable growth. Current configurations of advanced capitalist power enable and promote injurious ‘green grabbing’ in part by leveraging the fantasy of a green economy as a solution to the fiscal crisis. As an alternative to austerity the green economy requires further uncoupling from neoliberal business opportunism to allow natural capital to be harnessed as an economic asset for sustainable long-term public good.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
JournalAnthropology Today
Issue number5
Early online date3 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2017


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