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The Ecological Modernization Capacity of Japan and Germany

Comparing Nuclear Energy, Renewables, Automobility and Rare Earth Policy

  • Lutz Mez
  • Lila Okamura
  • Helmut Weidner
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Helmut Weidner, Lutz Mez, Lila Okamura
    Pages 1-12
  3. Lila Okamura
    Pages 41-51
  4. Lila Okamura
    Pages 69-85
  5. Lila Okamura
    Pages 103-118
  6. Helmut Weidner, Lutz Mez, Lila Okamura
    Pages 185-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-208

About this book

Introduction

Cognitive-strategic capabilities of a country are decisive for overcoming the strong path dependence in climate-related policies and to achieve ecological and economic modernization. This is the result of a unique comparison approach focusing on four highly intertwined policy areas (Automobiles, Nuclear Energy, Renewables and Rare Earth) in Japan and Germany. Both countries have in principle sufficient economic, technological and institutional capacities for an ecological transformation, but they are lacking an integrated policy strategy to mobilize and organize the existing capacities in favor of structural changes. The focused four policy areas are analyzed in depth and compared by experts from political science. 

Contents
  • Ecological Modernization
  • Environmental Capacity Building
  • Path Dependence
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewables
  • Rare Earth
  • Automobile Policy
  • Environmental Policy in Japan and Germany

The Target Groups 
  • Lecturers and students in the fields of political and social sciences, environmental/climate/ energy science, economics and business administration
  • Experts in the fields of environmental and energy policy and climate protection

The Editors 
PD Dr. Lutz Mez is Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany 
Dr. Lila Okamura is Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Dokkyo University, Japan
PD Dr. Helmut Weidner is Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Keywords

Environmental Policy Analysis Ecological Modernization Ecological Transformation Path Dependence Cognitive-Strategic Capacity Climate Policy Nuclear Energy Automobility Renewables Rare Earth Environmental Management Capacity Japan Germany Ecological Modernization Capacity Comparing Nuclear Energy Renewables, Automobility and Rare Earth Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Lutz Mez
    • 1
  • Lila Okamura
    • 2
  • Helmut Weidner
    • 3
  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Dokkyo UniversitySaitama Japan
  3. 3.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-27405-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-27404-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-27405-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2626-2827
  • Series Online ISSN 2626-2835
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