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Scientific paper • 2021

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A Green New Deal without growth?

By: Giorgos Kallis, Jason Hickel, Riccardo Mastini

The IPCC warns that in order to keep global warming under 1.5°, global emissions must be cut to zero by 2050. Policymakers and scholars debate how best to decarbonise the energy system, and what socio-economic changes might be necessary. Here we review the strengths, weaknesses, and synergies of two prominent climate change mitigation narratives: the Green New Deal and degrowth. Green New Dea...

Scientific paper • 2020

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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...

• 2020

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The case for degrowth

By: Nathan J. Robinson

Infinite growth on a finite planet is alarming and doesn't even make us better off. A new book argues we must shed the ideology of "growthism"

• 2020

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A response to McAfee: no, the "environmental Kuznets curve" won't save us

By: Jason Hickel

Jason Hickel's response to Andrew McAfee's piece for Wired ('Why degrowth is the worst idea on the planet')

• 2020

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Why degrowth is the worst idea on the planet

By: Andrew McAfee

Despite still growing over the last 50 years, we already figured out how to reduce our impact on Earth. So let's do that.

Interview • 2020

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Podcast: Joanna Pope zu Degrowth & Akzelerationismus

By: Joanna Pope

Kann es so etwas geben wie nachhaltiges Wachstum? Oder sollten wir uns nicht vielmehr vom Prinzip des Wachstums an sich trennen und stattdessen andere Vorstellungen des guten Lebens entwickeln?

Scientific paper • 2020

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Degrowth business framework: Implications for sustainable development

By: Iana Nesterova

Abstract: Recent years have seen a revival in growth scepticism, yet degrowth in relation to the macroeconomic level has received almost exclusive attention. This resulted in a lack of literature on how post-growth and specifically degrowth visions of economy could be implemented, including from the perspective of firms and other organisations. This paper focuses on degrowth literature and fiel...

• 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Agrowth, Degrowth, Postwachstum…Was!? Eine Einführung

By: Maria Paulitsch, Sven-David Pfau

Workshop In diesem Einführungsworkshop machen wir uns mit den Steigerungszwängen der kapitalistischen Gesellschaftsordnung und dem Denken von wachstumskritischen Ansätzen vertraut. Was sind die Ursprünge, Eigenheiten und Ziele der verschiedenen Strömungen? Dabei schauen wir auf Gefahren und Potentiale der verschiedenen Perspektiven für einen emanzipatorischen Wandel zum Guten Leben für Alle!...

Scientific paper • 2020

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'The economy' as if people mattered: revisiting critiques of economic growth in a time of crisis

By: Clive L. Spash

Coronavirus (COVID-19) policy shut down the world economy with a range of government actions unprecedented outside of wartime. In this paper, economic systems dominated by a capital accumulating growth imperative are shown to have had their structural weaknesses exposed, revealing numerous problems including unstable supply chains, unjust social provisioning of essentials, profiteering, precari...

• 2020

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The Simpler Way: Collected Writings of Ted Trainer

By: Jonathan Rutherford, Samuel Alexander, Ted Trainer

Ted Trainer is an Australian scholar-activist who for decades has been defending and practising an 'eco-anarchist' perspective he describes as the Simpler Way. His vision is of a world where self-governing communities live materially simple but sufficient lives, in harmony with ecological limits. This anthology contains some of Trainer's most insightful and provocative essays, covering all a...

Interview • 2020

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Techno-socialism or de-growth?

By: Gareth Dale, Jack Copley, Javier Moreno Zacares

The second in a three-part interview on capitalism and climate breakdown from Political Economy for the End Times.

Scientific paper • 2020

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Biodiversity policy beyond economic growth

By: Beatriz Rodríguez‐Labajos, Christoph Plutzar, Erik Gómez‐Baggethun, François Schneider, Franz Essl, Giorgos Kallis, Guy Pe'er, Helmut Haberl, Iago Otero, Jaime García‐Márquez, Jean‐Louis Martin, Jonas Nielsen, Josef Settele, Karl‐Heinz Erb, Katharine N. Farrell, Laura Kehoe, Lluís Brotons, Peter Hobson, Salvador Pueyo, Stefan Schindler, Teuta Skorin, Wolfgang Rabitsch

Increasing evidence—synthesized in this paper—shows that economic growth contributes to biodiversity loss via greater resource consumption and higher emissions. Nonetheless, a review of international biodiversity and sustainability policies shows that the majority advocate economic growth. Since improvements in resource use efficiency have so far not allowed for absolute global reductions i...

• 2020

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Die Zukunft lässt sich nicht er-warten

By: Lukas, Max

Nicht gescheitert, aber falsch erzählt. Was Degrowth vom Demokratischen Sozialismus von Corbyn und Co. lernen kann.

Scientific paper • 2020

The Blue Fix: What's driving blue growth?

By: Castren Pedersen, Mads Barbesgaard, Zoe W. Brent

This article explores the politics behind the promise of ‘blue growth’. Reframing it as a ‘blue fix’, we argue that the blue growth discourse facilitates new opportunities for capital accumulation, while claiming that this accumulation is compatible with social and ecological aims as well. The blue fix is made up of three underlying sub-fixes. First of all, the conservation fix quenches the...

• 2020

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Wachstum schadet dem Klima. Wir brauchen neue Wege zum Wohlstand

By: Joël Foramitti

Technologische Wunschträume und die Fixierung auf ewiges Wachstum verhindern seit Jahrzehnten eine effektive Klimapolitik

• 2020

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Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?

By: John Cassidy

The critique of economic growth, once a fringe position, is gaining widespread attention in the face of the climate crisis.

Scientific paper • 2020

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De-growth: Some suggestions from the Simpler Way perspective

By: Ted Trainer

It is argued that there are some important issues which the current de growth literature neglects. The first is the sheer magnitude of the global predicament, which determines not just the insufficiently recognized difficulty of the transition task but also that the goals and means must take particular and largely unrecognized forms. The goal cannot be reform of the existing society; it must ...

Interview • 2019

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Cle-Anne Gabriel on Degrowth & Wellbeing Economies

By: Cle-Anne Gabriel

Cle-Anne Gabriel is a Lecturer at the University of Queensland, and the Business School’s Director for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education. Her research focuses on the areas of sustainable development and postgrowth futures. During our conversation, Cle-Anne Gabriel questions the compatibility between environmental sustainability and economic growth. Is a de-pr...

Scientific paper • 2019

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The political economy of degrowth

By: Timothée Parrique

What is degrowth and what are its implications for political economy? Divided in three parts, this dissertation explains the why, what and how of degrowth.

Interview • 2019

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Capitalism and Climate Breakdown with Gareth Dale

By: Political Economy for the End Times

A new podcast by "Political Economy for the End Times", interviewing Gareth Dale. The topics discussed are capitalist time vs. ecological time, catastrophism and civilisation collapse, ideologies of economic growth, green growth, socialist techno-utopianism, degrowth, and the Green New Deal.