The Circular Economy in Europe. Critical Perspectives on Policies and Imaginaries. By Zora Kovacic, Roger Strand & Thomas Völker. 1st Edition. November 2019. Routledge.
The Circular Economy in Europe presents an overview and a critical discussion on how circularity is conceived, imagined, and enacted in current EU policy-making. In 2013, the idea of a circular economy entered the stage of European policy-making in the efforts to reconcile environmental and economic policy objectives. In 2019 the European Commission declared in a press release that the Circular Economy Action Plan has been delivered. The level of circularity in the European economy, however, has remained the same.
Bringing together perspectives from social sciences, environmental economics and policy analysis, The Circular Economy in Europe provides a critical analysis of policies and promises of the next panacea for growth and sustainability. The authors provide a theoretical and empirical basis to discuss how contemporary societies conceive their need to re-organise production and consumption and explores the messy assemblage of institutions, actors, waste streams, biophysical flows, policy objectives, scientific disciplines, values, expectations, promises and aspirations involved.
This book is essential reading for all those interested in understanding how ideas about the circular economy emerged historically, how they gained traction and are used in policy processes, and what the practical challenges in implementing this policy are.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I | Circular economy as a policy concept
Chapter 1| Introduction | The sixteenth century map
Chapter 2| Limits to growth | Historical antecedents of the circular economy
Chapter 3| Enter Ellen | The circular economy hits the European scene
Chapter 4| The circular economy | A concept in the making
Part II| Critical perspectives
Chapter 5| Postulating circularity | Biophysical flows and the problem of entropy
Chapter 6| Imagining circularity | The circular economy as a sociotechnical imaginary
Chapter 7| Measuring circularity | Indicator development in the circular economy
Chapter 8| Governing circularity | How to govern in the nexus
Part III| The future of change
Chapter 9| Narratives of stop and go
Chapter 10| What kind of science is needed in a changing world?
Chapter 11| From the sixteenth to the twenty-first century