Call for papers for Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production On ‘Regulating the Circular Economy: Gaps, Insights and an Emerging Research Agenda’
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 1区
• 小类 : 工程：环境 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
In the wake of an unprecedented level of interest in the risks of waste and plastic pollution, and a consequent rise in related policies around the world, Circular economy (CE) regulation is gaining attention in the political and regulatory agenda. This is not only happening in Europe (e.g. from the 2009 EU Waste Framework Directive to the recent Circular Economy Package) but also in many developed and, particularly, developing countries across the world. CE-related regulation is spreading at different levels of governance including municipalities, private and industry standards, national laws and supranational norm-making. Regulation also regularly features in academic CE debates as a key barrier or driving force in the transition toward a more circular economy (van Eijk, 2015; Rizos et al., 2015, Pheifer, 2017; Milios, 2017). As van Eijk, (2015, p.3) noted “we tend to be late and reactive in our adjustments of regulation which is frustrating new initiatives.” According to de Jesus and Mendonça (2018), regulatory barriers appear as the second most pressing barrier to CE, with these barriers mentioned in 23% of the analysed writings. Rizos et al. (2015, p.8) mention the need to “develop the supportive policy frameworks that address both supply and demand”. In the European context, Hughes (2017, p.14) warns that “the EU has multiple laws that relate to life cycle thinking, but they do not yet form a coherent whole.”
However, despite awareness of its growing importance, the CE literature still lacks a real strand of studies that systematically and comprehensively addresses this area. The policy and regulatory debate is currently fragmented. Furthermore, despite the concept of CE being deeply contested (Korhonen et al., 2018; Gregson et al., 2015), the literature dealing with regulation tends to take a de-politicized and under-socialized approach to regulation. While there is a general recognition that technical and socio-political issues and economic issues are intertwined, CE regulation is often taken-for-granted and treated only as a technical matter where social dimensions have to adapt to the technical solutions offered by CE models (Murray et al. 2017). Lastly, key policy areas for the success of CE transitions such as taxation, finance or accounting are underdeveloped and have received so far very limited scholarly attention.
We call for papers that can expand the current narrow and under-theorised approach to CE regulation to bridge more technical conceptualizations of the CE, stemming from economics, design, management, technology, biology etc. with perspectives coming from other domains such as regulatory studies, law, sociology and politics.
Authors intending to submit papers to this Special Volume (SV) of the Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLP) are encouraged to focus on the following broad objectives:
Advance theorizing about the emergence of CE regulation at different levels of regulation and through various modes of governance.
Critically analyse the interactions between different governance actors (e.g. policy-makers, businesses, and civil society) and within existing organizations and networks promoting CE reforms.
Explore the (new) roles, forms, and practices that CE policy and governance arrangements are taking in a period of hectic experimentations and rapid transformations.
Enhance our understanding of how governments and public authorities’ partial or full support for the adoption of CE by businesses affect business conduct, organizational change and the emergence of new business models.