Greening Auto Jobs by Caleb Goods


Written by Caleb Goods

Greening Auto Jobs challenges the accepted logic that “green growth” is the solution to the ecological crisis that the planet currently faces. Adopting an approach grounded in critical political economy, the book presents a framework to scrutinise the green job solution and the theoretical framework that overwhelmingly informs contemporary green job creation efforts and notions of green capitalism. The text explores the tensions that encircle the world of work and environmental action, often referred to as “jobs versus the environment”, by detailing the conflicting commitments of political, business and union leaders to the idea of green job creation. These conflicts are outlined through an examination of the political-economic debate that has surrounded the Australian Government’s environmental plans from 2008 to 2012. More specifically, the book presents a detailed case study of the posited green job solution within the context of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry and the Australian Governments $6.2 billion ‘New Car Plan for a Greener Future’ industry policy. The book concludes by arguing that if the contemporary ecological crisis is to be fixed we must move beyond the simplistic solutions of ‘green growth capitalism’.

About the Author: Caleb Goods is currently undertaking a one-year Post-Doctorate at York University, Toronto, Canada, in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies under the mentorship of Professor Carla Lipsig-Mummé. Caleb is working with Principal Investigator Professor Lipsig-Mummé on the SSHRC funded project Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW). Caleb completed his PhD at Curtin University, Western Australia in 2013 and has held teaching and research positions at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

Greening Auto Jobs book cover, links to Lexington Books website