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Transition management applications to accelerate sustainable food consumption – comparative analysis between Switzerland and Hungary

Vol. 11, No 3, 2018

 

Csaba Fogarassy

 

Climate Change Economics Research Centre Hungary, 

Szent István University

Gödöllő, Hungary

fogarassy.csaba@gtk.szie.hu

Transition management applications to accelerate sustainable food consumption – comparative analysis between Switzerland and Hungary

Huu Hoang Nguyen

 

Climate Change Economics Research Centre Hungary, 

Szent István University

Gödöllő, Hungary

nhhoangmta@gmail.com


Judit Oláh

 

Institute of Applied Informatics and Logistics, 

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Debrecen

Hungary

olah.judit@econ.unideb.hu


József Popp

 

Institute of Sectoral Economics and Methodology, 

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Debrecen

Hungary 

popp.jozsef@econ.unideb.hu


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract. The aim of this paper is to present the transition towards sustainability and its characteristics in consumer systems of different levels. The relevance of the topic comes from the many development paths and innovation programmes which are initially recognized as sustainable in former socialist countries but which eventually all turn out to be unsuccessful. This study introduces the research which compares the sustainable consumer attitudes of the “50+” population in Switzerland and Hungary. The former is one of the most advanced consumer communities in Europe and the latter is a post-communist economy in transition. The representative sample, which contained over 1000 questionnaires and complementary personal interviews, clearly indicated the difference between the two groups of consumers. While among Swiss population marketing tools and social discussions to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly consumption can easily be applied, in the case of Hungarian society we need to introduce new regulations and legislative standards to achieve the same aim. In the future, taking into account these results is highly recommended when considering the development of sustainability and political programmes.

 

 

Received: March, 2018

1st Revision: April, 2018

Accepted: August, 2018

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-

8330.2018/11-3/3

 

JEL ClassificationO13, O17, O44, O52, D12, D78

Keywordssustainable consumption, transition thinking, transition management, multi-level perspective, strategic transition, tactical transition, operative transition