British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Limits of Ecological Modernisation in Canada's Atlantic Provinces

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2007), 20, (2), 187–210.

Abstract

This article examines the institutional framework and main policies for the promotion of sustainable development by the Canadian Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It then discusses how strategies and policy prescriptions recommended by the ecological modernisation concept are guiding sustainable development at the regional level. It reveals that provincial assemblies, sub-national levels of government and other political institutions, as well as civic non-governmental organisations and regionally-embedded economic interests, are developing environmental policies that display wider agendas of ecological modernisation. Finally, the article identifies a number of promising approaches and best practice in ecological modernisation. It concludes that while the Canadian federal system is ambitious in its policy of promoting sustainable development, in practice it has been unsuccessful in delivering its own promise.

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Konstadakopulos, Dimitrios