The chemical industry is in the middle of a process of ecological modernization, extending far beyond modish window-dressing. Industrial enterprises lagging behind in this development are experiencing market losses.
In The Refinement of Production Arthur Mol describes a sociological theory of the ecological modernization of production and consumption. Using this analytical framework for analysing processes of ecological restructuring, companies can make timely green investment and R&D; decisions.
The theory of ecological modernization explains the forces, mechanisms and dynamics of environmental reform in modern society. Its value is illustrated in the analysis of the ecological restructuring of the chemical industry on a national and global scale. Detailed case studies on the paint industry, the plastic and polymer sector and the pesticide industry show how and to what extent the environment is becoming a crucial factor in the redesigning of the institutional order of society.
The Refinement of Production combines social theory with the study of environmental policy and reform. It's perspectives will provide people engaged in environmental improvement social scientists, policy-makers, environmentalists and managers within the chemical industry with valuable insights and information.