Journal Article

Resources, Conservation and Recycling 136

Circular Economy and Power Relations in Global Value Chains: Tensions and Trade-Offs for Lower Income Countries

Published on 2 April 2018

The concept of the circular economy has gained significant traction among businesses, policymakers and researchers in recent years. The transformation of the current linear economic system to a circular one offers many opportunities to advance sustainable natural resource use, create closed-loop supply chains and implement sustainable recycling management. Circular economy strategies could help lower-income countries ‘leapfrog’ to a more sustainable development pathway that avoids locking in resource-intensive economic practices of the dominant linear consumption and production system.

As lower-income countries’ economies are in many ways still more Scaling Up ART Adherence Clubs in the Public Sector Health System in the Western Cape, South Africa: a Study of the Institutionalisation of a Pilot Innovation‘circular’ in terms of resource management and production and consumption practices than their developed economy counterparts, the question is how to turn this into a development opportunity.


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Patrick Schröder

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published by
Schroeder, P., Dewick, P., Kusi-Sarpong, S and Hofstetter, J.S.
Resources, Conservation and Recycling, volume 136


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