Beyond growth: new alliances for socio-ecological transformation in Austria.

Michael Soder, Kathrin Niedermoser, Hendrik Theine

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Trade unions and environmental movements are often seen as political opponents most prominently discussed in the form of the "jobs vs. environment dilemma". Based on historical examples of the conflict relations between trade unions and environmental groups in the Austrian energy sector, this paper showcases how the relationship between the two groups has changed from enmity to first attempts at alliance building. Drawing from analysis of union documents and problem-centred interviews conducted with Austrian unionists, it shows that newly emerging alliances between unions and environmental movements contain the seeds for a broad societal movement that can help overcome the paradigm of growth and actively engage in the creation of policies that support a social-ecological transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520 - 535
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502001 Labour market policy
  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 502042 Environmental economics
  • 502022 Sustainable economics
  • 502018 Macroeconomics

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