Green Jobs for Sustainable Development, Ana-Maria Boromisa, Sanja Tišma and Anastasya Raditya Ležaić (IRMO, Croatia)

irmo bookIRMO researchers have published a new book: Ana-Maria Boromisa, Sanja Tišma and Anastasya Raditya Ležaić, Green Jobs for Sustainable Development, Padstow, Cornwall: Routledge 2016. The book deals with the relationship between ‘green’ concepts (green jobs, green economy, green growth) and sustainable development. It examines to what extent creation of green jobs supports the overall economic development as opposed to creation of elitist jobs and greenwashing. In order to do so, general conceptual frameworks for green jobs, green economy, green growth and green policy are presented as well as their implementation in ten countries selected among the Group of Twenty. The selection includes advanced (the EU countries, USA, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea and Japan) and developing countries (Mexico, China, Turkey and Brazil).

The analysis presented in this book shows that although the green concept is well-intentioned, its implementation depends on local circumstances – economic, political and social. Developed countries perceive green growth as a way to create new markets and demand, while developing countries rely more on labour intensive growth and less expensive green jobs. Thus, greening the economy does not diminish the differences between rich and poor. The book is suitable for those who study and work in Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development and Labour Economics.