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Scientific paper • 2020


Apologists for growth: passive revolutionaries in a passive revolution

By: Clive L. Spash

Popular authors and international organizations recommend transformation to a ‘new economy’. However, this is misleadingly interpreted as radical or revolutionary. Two problematic positions are revealed: being pro-growth while seeking to change the current form of capitalism (e.g. Ha-Joon Chang), and being anti-growth on environmental grounds but promoting growth for poverty alleviation and due...

Scientific paper • 2020


Policies for Equality Under Low or No Growth: A Model Inspired by Piketty

By: Giorgos Kallis, Jeroen van den Bergh, Tilman Hartley

GDP growth is declining in industrial economies, and there is increasing evidence that growth may be environmentally unsustainable. If growth falls below returns to wealth then inequalities increase, as Thomas Piketty recently showed. This poses a challenge to managing slow and/or negative growth. Here, we examine policies that have been proposed to solve the problem of increasing income inequa...

Scientific paper • 2020


Feasible alternatives to green growth

By: Simone D'Alessandro, Kristofer Dittmer, André Cieplinski, Tiziano Distefano

Climate change and increasing income inequality have emerged as twin threats to contemporary standards of living, peace and democracy. These two problems are usually tackled separately in the policy agenda. A new breed of radical proposals have been advanced to manage a fair low-carbon transition. In this spirit, we develop a dynamic macrosimulation model to investigate the long-term effect...

• 2019


Defending limits is not Malthusian

By: Giorgos Kallis

"Self-limitation is not about constraining, but about defining collectively as societies our limits." This blogpost introduces the key ideas of Giorgos Kallis' new book Limits. Why Malthus was wrong and why environmentalists should care (Stanford University Press, 2019)

• 2017


Why Branko Milanovic is wrong about de-growth

By: Jason Hickel

Introduction: Branko Milanovic has written a blog post titled “The illusion of degrowth in a poor and unequal world". He penned it, he says, following a conversation he had with a proponent of degrowth. As it turns out, that proponent was me. First, let me say that I have a lot of respect for Milanovic's work on inequality. I cite him all the time. But unfortunately he doesn't have a s...

• 2017


The illusion of “degrowth” in a poor and unequal world

By: Branko Milanovic

Introduction to the article by the author: I have recently had Twitter and email discussions with a couple of people who are strong proponents of “degrowth”. From these exchanges I got the impression that there were unaware of just how unequal and poor (yes, poor) the world is today and what would be the trade-offs if we really were to decide to fix the volume of goods and services produced a...

Scientific paper • 2016


Energy poverty in a degrowth context: an unavoidable struggle?

By: Daniel Gerbery, Lidija Živčič, Lidija Živčič, Richard Filcak, Sergio Tirado Herrero

Austerity-driven, unsustainable degrowth has resulted in a surge of energy poverty in EU and beyond. Understood as the inability of households to secure a materially- and socially-necessitated level of energy services in the home, energy poverty has become a widespread societal concern that demands structural responses. Tensions are foreseen between energy poverty alleviation and degrowth. On ...

Scientific paper • 2015


Das Konzept der strukturellen Heterogenität und die Analyse fragmentierter Wachstumsgesellschaften in Europa

By: Stefanie Hürtgen

Zusammenfassung: Nicht erst seit der Wirtschaftskrise verschärft sich in Europa die Problematik sozialer Ungleichheit und Exklusion. Bemerkenswerterweise findet dies jedoch kaum Eingang in den Postwachsumsdiskurs. Vielmehr wird – auch dort wo die neue soziale Frage immerhin Erwähnung findet – kategorial von hohen BIP-Zahlen auf ein allgemein hohes Konsumniveau (nationaler) Bevölkerungen geschlo...

Report • 2015

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Aufbruchtage - Vielfalt für die Menschen ... 1 und 2

By: Schattenblick

Bericht von der Degrowth Konferenz 2014 in Leipzig zur Veranstaltung "Buen vivir and radical ecological democracy" mit David Barkin. Der Bericht besteht aus 2 Teilen: Teil 1, Teil 2 Aus dem Bericht:. . . Dies bedeute, daß Utopia am Horizont stehe, zwei Schritte vor dir. Gehst du aber diese Schritte, bewegt sich der Horizont zehn weitere vorwärts. Auf die Frage, welchen Sinn dann eine Utopie m...

Presentation • 2014


Ökologische Erfordernisse, Armut und Grundeinkommen in der Nord-Süd-Perspektive

By: Ronald Blaschke, Simone Knapp

Diskussionsworkshop auf der 4. internationalen Degrowth Konferenz 2014 in Leipzig. Referent_innen: Knapp, Simone (Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika KASA), Blaschke, Ronald (Netzwerk Grundeinkommen) Aus dem Programmheft: Ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen ist nicht nur finanziell möglich, es ist auch politisch notwendig, da es dazu beitragen kann, das Zu...

Scientific paper • 2014


Extern? Weshalb und inwiefern moderne Gesellschaften Externalisierung brauchen und erzeugen

By: Adelheid Biesecker, Uta von Winterfeld

Zusammenfassung: In den reichen kapitalistischen Ländern wird die Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich immer größer. In den geopolitisch zunehmend an Bedeutung gewinnenden sog. BRICS-Staaten (Brasilien, Russland, Indien, China, Südafrika) bildet sich eine wohlhabende bürgerliche Klasse heraus, die sich deutlich von der Masse der Armen abhebt. Und in vielen anderen Ländern des globalen Südens deutet sic...

Report • 2014


Working hours reduction as a part of degrowth agenda

By: Unbekannt, Ganna Gladkykh, Elena Bakhanova

Documentation of the event "Working hours reduction as a part of degrowth agenda" at the 4th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Leipzig in 2014. From the conference programme: Participatory modelling: Degrowth paradigm implies significant changes in economy. Economic downscaling will cause an increase in unemployment rates. It will negativel...

Presentation • 2014


Ideen und Modelle Grundeinkommen – national und global

By: Ronald Blaschke

Diskissionsworkshop auf der 4. Internationalen Degrowth Konferenz für ökologische Nachhaltigkeit und soziale Gerechtigkeit in Leipzig im Jahr 2014. Gefilmt vom Youtube Kanel 2malschauen Teil 1: Vortrag Ronald Blaschke Teil 2: Diskussion Aus dem Konferenz Programm: In diesem Seminar werden die Idee, der Begriff und einige aktuell diskutierte Modelle von Grundeinkommen national und global...

Scientific paper • 2014


Prevention of Degradation Through Community Participation: A Pragmatic Approach for Environmental Governance in Northeast India

By: Alok Sen

Abstract: Environmental governance is the most daunting task faced by most of developing countries today specially where poverty is widespread and natural resources abundant. Poor people there depend heavily on the environmental resources for their livelihood and the resultant degradation in turn depletes the food stock for the poor thus further aggravates poverty. The growth oriented developme...

Scientific paper • 2014



By: Thierry Brugvin

Abstract: The working class and poor can set an example to the richest in the context of their cultural practices based on voluntary simplicity. This sobriety is usually constrained in the lower classes, but it can become a way of virtuous life to personal, social and ecological buen vivir or the happy sobriety. Between the excesses that are charitable or liberal policies on the one hand and po...

Scientific paper • 2012


PROVE: degrowing the use of natural resources for food production

By: João Luís Homem de Carvalho

From the text: According to IBGE (2010), from 2000 to 2010, over 400,000 small farms went bankrupt, pushing about 2 million people away from rural zones toward big cities, and causing serious social problems. One of the reasons for this exodus is the agribusiness production model, based on “technological packets” and on the production of commodities for export. It uses genetic modified organism...

Scientific paper • 2012


Migrations in the Paradigm of Growth

By: Jean-Louis Aillon, Elena Dal Santo, Maurizio Cossa, Laura Quassolo, Marta Domini

Abstract: Migration flows are, in a measure, the consequence of dominant economic models, namely the growth paradigm that currently permeates the world. Migrations are the result of different human needs, first of all the need to survive. Naturally, the decision to move towards an unknown destination is also influenced by cultural models: nowadays, the collective imagination of the North is bui...

Scientific paper • 2012


Full Employment & Degrowth: The Social and Ecological Sustainability of The Job Guarantee

By: B.J. Unti

Introduction: The Degrowth Declaration of the 2008 Paris conference called for the “development of policies and tools for the practical implementation of degrowth”. The Job Guarantee (JG) is one such policy. This paper demonstrates how a JG program may be used to achieve both full employment and degrowth. Traditional Keynesian and Post Keynesian policies provide useful tools for addressing some...

Scientific paper • 2012


Permaculture proposals and tools for degrowth process in the fields of rural work and agriculture in Brazil

By: Mildred Gustack Delambre e Jacques Dias

Keywords : Work, hunger, poverty, Industrial farming, Permaculture, autonomy

Scientific paper • 2012


Eco-innovation as a Development Tool: Evidence from Latin America and Asia

By: Mario Pansera

Abstract: In the near future the access to basic needs in a world of 7 billion people will be strongly influenced by the 80% of humanity living in the so-called ‘developing world’. Their consumption patterns and their approach to sustainability will undoubtedly reshape the scenario of global economy. The understanding of the evolution of eco-innovation in the South of the world is crucial to ac...