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• 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Degrowth and European Politics 1: “How do we deal with the European Green Deal?”

By: Tone Smith, Jagoda Munić, Aurore Lalucq, Pawel Wargan

Panel discussion We will discuss what’s currently happening on EU level regarding “greening the economy” (mainly within the European Green Deal frame). Taking into account literature dealing with EU and national policies in the context of degrowth we want to make the practical challenges of navigating the realities of the European political system transparent. With this consecutive session w...

Scientific paper • 2019


Climate Change and the Polanyian Counter-movement: Carbon Markets or Degrowth?

By: Ryan Gunderson, Diana Stuart, Brian Petersen

Abstract: In the midst of a wave of market expansion, carbon markets have been proposed as the best way to address global climate change. While some argue that carbon markets represent a modern example of a Polanyian counter-movement to the environmental crisis, we adopt a structural interpretation of Polanyi to refute this claim. Carbon markets represent a further expansion of markets that fa...

Scientific paper • 2018


Degrowth in business: An oxymoron or a viable business model for sustainability?

By: Yaryna Khmara, Jakub Kronenber

Based on a review of literature connecting degrowth and business, we attempt to operationalize degrowth in the context of business activity, and consider what degrowth can add to the business models for sustainability discussed so far. In most discussions on degrowth, economic activity has been reduced to relatively marginal activities. We see a need to connect degrowth to more typical business...

• 2018


Faire l'économie de la haine. Essais sur la censure

By: Alain Deneault

Point de haine de l’économie là où on nous fait aimer l’argent, à tout prix. Point de haine de l’économie, mais une économie de la haine. Le programme: faire l’économie de la haine. Haïr sans qu’il n’y paraisse. Ainsi s’investit-on dans l’asservissement à l’argent. Sous les données, sous les calculs et sous la spéculation : des crimes, du sang, du vol et des morts, mais assourdis par ce savoir ...

Presentation • 2018

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Post-Growth Conference, Brussels 2018 – Workshop Single Market

By: Jean-Christophe Defraigne, Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Gabriele Bischoff, Daniel Seikel

Chair: Elly Schlein, MEP (S&D) Panellists: Jean-Christophe Defraigne (Saint-Louis University), Joaquim Nunes de Almeida (uropean Commission, DG GROW, Director, Single Market Policy), Gabriele Bischoff (DGB, Special adviser on European policy issues, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) ; European Economic and Social Committee, President of the Workers’ Group), Daniel Seikel (Institute of...

Presentation • 2018

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Post-Growth Conference, Brussels 2018 – Workshop Internalizing Externalities

By: Clive Spash, Denis Bouget, Anne Bucher, Stefan Ulrich Speck

Chair: Philippe Lamberts, MEP (Greens/EFA) Panellists: Denis Bouget (European Social Observatory, European Trade Union Institute, Emeritus Professor of Nantes University), Clive Spash (WU Vienna University), Anne Bucher (European Commission, Chair of the Scrutiny Regulatory Board), Stefan Ulrich Speck (European Environment Agency, Projet manager (sustainability assessments))

Scientific paper • 2018


Framing Social Enterprise as Post-Growth Organising in the Diverse Economy

By: Eeva Houtbeckers

Organising for post-growth society is called for to enable living on our finite planet. While previous research has suggested that social enterprise could be one form of post-growth organising (PGo), these suggestions might not rely on critical studies of social enterprise (SE) or studies exploring everyday practices of SE. This paper asks to what extent can SE practices be considered to be pos...

Scientific paper • 2018


Towards Growth-Independent and Post-Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship in the SME Sector

By: Jana Gebauer

For a long time the postulate that quantitative growth is the entrepreneurial raison d’être and an indispensable obligation for a company has remained unquestioned. Empirical studies on firm size and growth show, however, that a large fraction of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are non-growers or slow growers. These SMEs often show a more qualities-driven perspective on the growth que...

Scientific paper • 2018


Business Development in Post-Growth Economies: Challenging Assumptions in the Existing Business Growth Literature

By: Jan Cornelius Zoellick, Thomas Cyron

Existing literature has not specifically examined individual business growth in post-growth economies. This paper challenges dominant assumptions in the business growth literature by considering post-growth economies as an organisational context characterised by natural resource scarcity and an absence of macro-level economic expansion. We investigate conceptually how such a context impacts bus...

Presentation • 2016


Degrowth Conference Budapest, 2016 - Between the enlarged scope of neoliberalism and the socialism that mutates: The sustainability dilemma in China’s overheated market for ‘fictitious commodities’

By: Xiaorui (Rae) Wang

Presentation by Xiaorui (Rae) Wang Basing on Polanyi’s (cf. 2002 [1944], 1957) insights that are particularly pertinent to the arguments that have centred ecological economics, this paper sets out to investigate the Chinese context within which this kind of trade-offs have been made. The findings indicate that, the so called “socialist market economy” in China implies above all the State’s s...

Scientific paper • 2016


Between the enlarged scope of neoliberalism and the socialism that mutates: The sustainability dilemma in China’s overheated market for ‘fictitious commodities’

By: Xiaorui (Rae) Wang

Although everyone agrees to the idea of sustainability, this unanimous good intention has difficulties to turn into action. From the perspective of anthropological economics, the reason could be put into a rather simple way: To make economic activities sustainable, humans need to accept some serious trade-offs; and that is where it hurts. Nowadays, the whole world seems to have found itself in ...

Scientific paper • 2016


Consistency and Stability Analysis of Models of a Monetary Growth Imperative

By: Oliver Richters, Andreas Siemoneit

Keywords: Ecological Macroeconomics, Zero Growth, Growth Imperative, Monetary Economy

Presentation • 2015


Arild Vatn ESEE 2015 Plenary: Ecosystem service valuation and provision

By: Arild Vatn

Plenary speech by Arild Vatn Plenary speech at the 2015 European Society for Ecological Economics Conference at the University of Leeds in July 2015. Question and Answer Session with Emily McKenzie and Arild Vatn

Presentation • 2015


Michael Sandel: The more things money can buy, the harder it is to be poor

By: Michael Sandel

The publisher: Over the last few decades we've become a market society where almost everything is up for sale – there are cash incentives for doctors who diagnose dementia patients and for teachers whose students get better exam results. The problem, says Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel, is that where money determines access to necessities such as health and education, inequality matters mor...

Scientific paper • 2015


Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies

By: Gerda Roelvink, Kevin St. Martin, J. K. Gibson-Graham (ed.)

The publisher: Rethinking economy to produce resilient communities. What exactly constitutes an economy? Making Other Worlds Possible brings together a compelling range of projects inspired by the diverse economies research agenda pioneered by J. K. Gibson-Graham. Firmly establishing diverse economies as a field of research, Making Other Worlds Possible outlines an array of different ways scho...

• 2015


Vom Kapitalismus ohne Wachstum zur Marktwirtschaft ohne Kapitalismus

By: Karl Georg Zinn

Der Verlag: Kurztext: Die verschiedenen Krisenprozesse der Gegenwart verweisen auf die Grenzen der kapitalistischen Produktionsweise. Es ist höchste Zeit, über diese hinauszudenken. Die kapitalistische Produktionsweise setzte die seit Beginn der Zivilisationsgeschichte institutionalisierten Ausbeutungs- und Spaltungsverhältnisse fort, wenn auch in einer durch die Industrie veränderten Form d...

Scientific paper • 2015


The growth imperative revisited: a rejoinder to Gilányi and Johnson

By: Mathias Binswanger

Abstract: In Binswanger (2009) it was shown that in a simple circular flow model of a pure credit economy, positive growth rates are necessary in the long run in order to enable firms to make profits in the aggregate. If the growth rate falls below a certain positive threshold level, firms will make losses. Certain aspects of this model are challenged by the papers of Zsolt Gilányi and Reeves J...

• 2014


« A Degrowth Project »: Sport and economic growth!

By: Vincent Liegey, Stéphane Madelaine, Christophe Ondet, Anne-Isabelle Veillot, Thomas Avenel

From the text: An abandoned city, another one plagued by demonstrations fuelled by petro-dollars… nothing new really. Except that we are not talking about Detroit, the Greek crisis or the arrival of massive investments into our industries originating from the Gulf countries. No, today, the collective “Un Projet de Décroissance” (« A Degrowth Project« ) takes a look at sports. Sport that created...

Position paper • 2014


Beyond regulation: Money, banks and finance in a degrowth perspective

By: Fabian Scheidler, Matthias Schmelzer

This media entry is a stirring paper of the Group Assembly Process (GAP) at the Degrowth Conference in Leipzig in 2014. This paper belongs the group Money and Finance.

Scientific paper • 2014


Economic Growth and Normative Innovations

By: Mateusz Stachura

Abstract: In the prevalent view competition in saturated markets leads to a race-to-the-bottom, i.e. to a social, sociopolitical and ecological deregulation since competitive advantages are only viable by cost reductions due to the depletion of standards. In the present research project a contrary position is theoretically claimed and empirically tested. The main proposition is that low growth ...