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Jalons pour une histoire de la notion de développement durable


  • Franck-Dominique Vivien


«Sustainable development» is a term that was created by international institutions twenty years ago to qualify the third «decade of development». This phrase has had a real success, so much that a large number of actors use it. At the same time, questions about its real meaning still remain. In this paper, we propose a sort of archaeological perspective on this concept, in the domain of economic analysis, and we demonstrate that shows that «sustainable development» has inherited different schools of thought. No surprise then that this concept is ambivalent. Indeed, if it has the characteristics of a compromise solution, the question now is how to organize the debate between these different conceptions of sustainable development.

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  • Franck-Dominique Vivien, 2003. "Jalons pour une histoire de la notion de développement durable," Mondes en développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 121(1), pages 1-21.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:meddbu:med_121_0001

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    2. Arnaud Diemer, 2010. "Comment construire des savoirs transversaux face à l'excès d'économie ?," Post-Print halshs-00957874, HAL.
    3. Valérie Boisvert & Franck-Dominique Vivien., 2005. "Tiers Monde et biodiversité : tristes tropiques ou tropiques d'abondance ? La régulation internationale des ressources génétiques mise en perspective," Revue Tiers Monde, Programme National Persée, vol. 46(181), pages 185-206.


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