Doktorarbeit: Nachhaltiger Konsum als zukunftsfähiges Konzept?

Nachhaltiger Konsum als zukunftsfähiges Konzept?

Eine ökonomisch-statistische Analyse am Beispiel von Deutschland und Polen

Studien zum Konsumentenverhalten, volume 78

Hamburg , 268 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-9713-6 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-09713-2 (eBook)

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Sustainable consuption as a future concept? An economic statistical analysis of the exampe of Germany and Poland

The households are the main elements for developing sustainable consumption and production patterns. They are the daily entity in which, alone or jointly, consumer decisions are made. Today's and tomorrow's household decisions depend largely on the framework developed for the consumers. These include the political framework, prices, available technologies, the level and distribution of income, social norms, and especially the impact of consumer information and education for the degree of awareness of the household. "Sustainable Lifestyle" is the art of proper conduct in the current mismatched structures. Therefore, sustainable consumption needs bottom down actions like political strategies, educational programs and a bottom up initiative like social inventiveness. Only joint efforts can help create sustainable structures of production, consumption and the economy.

The book analyses consumption patterns within two European Union countries. Poland and Germany went through different economic and social development in the last half of the century. Since 2004 Poland is one of the new members of the European Community. The prosperity in the country has been increasing rapidly within the last two decades, after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

At the beginning this book examines the political framework and the implementation of the strategies in the neighbour countries. Additionally it explores areas of the consumption of the newly industrialising country (Poland) and the old industrial nation (Germany). The three most important categories are food, durable goods, transport / energy. The book shows key statistical indicators for these areas. It closes with a compilation of the advantages and the weakness of the sustainable consumption and points out the potential for the development of society by introduction of sustainable consumption models.

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