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Macroeconomic narratives in a world of crises: An analysis of stories about solving the system crisis

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  • Urhammer, Emil
  • Røpke, Inge
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    Since the financial crisis in 2008, a series of publications on macroeconomic responses to the compound crises of the economy and the environment have emerged. Under labels such as green new deal, green growth and the great transition, attempts at offering coherent responses to the crises have been made. These responses have in common that they all present a large number of policy proposals for ways in which to solve the current crises and achieve a sustainable economy. This article provides a mapping of a selection of such responses and an analysis of their content. The analysis combines discourse theory and narrative analysis and investigates discourses by studying the narratives they produce. The study thus contributes to the long line of analyses on discourses on sustainable economy: empirically, by investigating and analysing a number of macroeconomic proposals for solving the system crisis, and theoretically, by elaborating on the concept of narrative dynamics in relation to persuasive strength in political decision-making.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 96 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 62-70

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:96:y:2013:i:c:p:62-70
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.10.002
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