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Turning Time-Spatial Modes: An Alternative Perspective to Integrate Environmental-economic Processes of Change
University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Uddevalla Symposium 2008. Spatial dispersed production and network governance: Revised papers presented at the 11th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 May, 2008, Kyoto, Japan / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan, Sweden: Department of Economics and IT, University West , 2008, 115-128 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The global markel economy is built on a political institutional arrangement promoting free and open trade. The existing natural and human resources make up the basis for all produclive activilies. The dominating economy strive to reach efficient use of human and natural resources, by enhancing processes of spatial expansion and time-compression.

The conceptual argument in this paper takes its starting point in Hägerstrand's traditional time-space mode!. lt illustrates two conflicting perspectives the global markel economic horizontal norm (expansion in space, compression in time) and the environmental sustainable vertical processes (expansion over lime in limiled spaces). These two norms head in different directions and environmental sustainability is therefore conflicting with the common meaning of economic development.

In a time-spatial perspective, a sustainable use of resources is spatially limited, and extended over time. A development process, in terms of environmental sustainability, relies on local resource use and extension in time, to limit the use of externa! input of energy. This process is the opposile to what today is seen as economic development (growth) that compresses time and expands in space, to reach the most favourable comparative advantages.

The monetary market economy is a political construction. What activities and resources that are given a price on the markel depend on the institutional arrangements of property rights, prices and legal structures. Our conceptual conclusion is that the current political construction of the economy is "in-complete"and thus creates and fosters a mis-match with environmental pre-condilions. The political system can have the capacity to use the tools and power to harmonise economic development with environmental sustainability, locally, nationally and globally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan, Sweden: Department of Economics and IT, University West , 2008. 115-128 p.
, Research reports / University West, ISSN 1653-7831 ; 2008:03
National Category
Engineering and Technology Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43759Local ID: 74673ISBN: 978-91-633-3513-6ISBN: 9-163-33-513-1OAI: diva2:264619
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-05-23Bibliographically approved

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