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Patterns of change in material use and material efficiency in the successor states of the former Soviet Union

West, James; Schandl, Heinz; Krausmann, Fridolin; Kovanda, Jan; Hak, Tomas

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The successor states of the former Soviet Union present a unique opportunity to study the changes in the socio-metabolic profile of a cohort of nations which underwent a radical and contemporaneous shift in economic system. That change was from being regions within an economically integrated, centrally planned whole, to being independent nations left to find their own place in the global economic system. The situation of these nations since the dissolution of the Soviet Union provides a rare...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWest, James
dc.contributor.authorSchandl, Heinz
dc.contributor.authorKrausmann, Fridolin
dc.contributor.authorKovanda, Jan
dc.contributor.authorHak, Tomas
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:36:00Z
dc.identifier.issn0921-8009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76604
dc.description.abstractThe successor states of the former Soviet Union present a unique opportunity to study the changes in the socio-metabolic profile of a cohort of nations which underwent a radical and contemporaneous shift in economic system. That change was from being regions within an economically integrated, centrally planned whole, to being independent nations left to find their own place in the global economic system. The situation of these nations since the dissolution of the Soviet Union provides a rare experiment, in which we might observe the influence of the different starting conditions of each nation on the development path it subsequently followed, and the attendant socio-metabolic profiles which resulted. Here we take the opportunity to examine patterns for the region as a whole, and for three individual countries. We also examine the relative importance of three different drivers of material consumption using a version of the IPAT framework. Finally, an area for follow-on investigation was suggested by a significant positive correlation observed between the economic growth of individual successor states, and the degree to which they improved their material productivity. This latter is of potential importance in assessing whether dematerialization acts primarily to accelerate or retard economic growth.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceEcological Economics
dc.titlePatterns of change in material use and material efficiency in the successor states of the former Soviet Union
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume105
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor050200 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5411
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWest, James, CSIRO
local.contributor.affiliationSchandl, Heinz, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationKrausmann, Fridolin, Alpen Adria University
local.contributor.affiliationKovanda, Jan, Charles University Environment Center
local.contributor.affiliationHak, Tomas, Charles University Environment Center
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage211
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage219
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.06.013
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T09:29:49Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84903843930
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