SP10 - Contested pathways of development: crisis, social fragmentation, and sustainability in an interdependent world
Convened by Rogelio Madrueño (University of Bonn, Germany), Sergio Tezanos (Department of Economics, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain) and David Castells-Quintana (Department of Applied Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain)
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Global megatrends show increasing risks and imbalances that threaten the sustainability of the planet and human life. This is largely the result of a continuous social fragmentation on a global scale and a marked crisis of the nation-States to face planetary complexity. These dynamics are leading to growing regionalism and to incentives for more strategic use of economic policy by the global powers in the international system. These trends are likely to broaden the gap between and within countries, and even to question the possibility of achieving sustainable paths of development among them, as recommended by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This panel aims to think about pathways to sustainable development in a contested world. We acknowledge that there is an increasing heterogeneity in the developed and the developing world, which involves a marked interest in responding to internal problems, at the expense of the creation of international and global public goods. These asymmetric responses are not helping to shape cooperative responses to meet the challenge of sustainability. This means that we are falling on the promotion of a balanced social and climate agenda for all. This panel aims to help understand new realities of contemporary global development based on the insights from critical voices from the different regions of the world. Our objective involves the problem-solving approach as well as methodologies that focus on comparative analysis based on multivariate data.