Title

"Lifestyle Leapfrogging" in Emerging Economies: Enabling Systemic Shifts to Sustainable Consumption

SMC Author

Manisha Anantharaman

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

School of Liberal Arts

Department

Justice, Community, and Leadership

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Journal of Consumer Policy

Description/Abstract

This paper combines the concept of leapfrogging with systems-thinking approaches to outline the potentials for and barriers to enabling systemic shifts to strong sustainable consumption in the emerging economies of China and India. New urban consumers in China and India have the potential to “lifestyle leapfrog” the high impact lifestyle models of the industrialized countries while simultaneously improving their quality of life. This paper argues that by implementing systemic approaches in the consumption domains of mobility and housing, the historical trajectory of high environmental footprints of mobility and housing can be avoided. The analysis based on systems-thinking principles identifies existing barriers and possible solutions. The importance of policies for strong sustainable consumption is highlighted to induce positive feedbacks in the areas of markets and society facilitating both efficient technology uptake and behavioural changes.

Keywords

Sustainable consumption, Leapfrogging, Systems thinking, India, China

Scholarly

yes

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1007/s10603-016-9339-3

Volume

40

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

23

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Original Citation

Schroeder, P. and Anantharaman, M. (2017)"Lifestyle leapfrogging" in emerging economies: Enabling systemic shifts to sustainable consumption. Journal of Consumer Policy. 40(1), 3-23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10603-016-9339-3

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