Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth

Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth

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Since the 1970s, the degrowth idea has been proposed by scholars, public intellectuals and activists as a powerful call to reject the obsession of neoliberal capitalism with economic growth, an obsession which continues apace despite the global ecological crisis and rising inequalities. In the past decade, degrowth has gained momentum and become an umbrella term for various social movements which strive for ecologically sustainable and socially just alternatives that would transform the world we live in.

How to move forward in an informed way, without reproducing the existing hierarchies and injustices? How not to end up in a situation when ecological sustainability is the prerogative of the privileged, direct democracy is ignorant of environmental issues, and localisation of production is xenophobic? These are some of the questions that have inspired this edited collection.

Bringing degrowth into dialogue with critical social theories, covering previously unexplored geographical contexts and discussing some of the most contested concepts in degrowth, the book hints at informed paths towards socio-ecological transformation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 153 x 219 x 16mm | 395g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 Tables, unspecified; 6 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1786608960
  • 9781786608963
  • 59,255

Table of contents

Part I: Heterodox political economy and the critique of growth /1. From numbers to words: The transforming critique of growth in the wake of the golden years of capitalism, Alexander Paulsson / 2. Reorienting comparative political economy: From economic growth to sustainable alternatives, Hubert Buch-Hansen / 3. Andre Gorz's political ecology, Emanuele Leonardi / 4. The growth discourse in Marx's critique of political economy, Max Koch / 5. Unsettling degrowth genealogies: What do feminists bring to the table?, Stefania Barca, Catia Gregoratti & Riya Raphael / 6. Decolonising degrowth: Contesting closures, Riya Raphael /Part II: De/growth in the 'emerging' economies / 7. Degrowth in theory, growth pursuit in action: Bringing degrowth debates into the Russian context, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya / 8. Growth discourse and degrowth alternatives in Turkey, Mine Islar / 9. Degrowth in the Global South: A perspective from South Africa, Vasna Ramasar / 10. Growth, degrowth and decolonial resistance in Brazil, Felipe Milanez Pereira / Part III: The politics of transformation / 11. Waiting for degrowth: How to think about the anticipated decline of economic affluence, Alf Hornborg / 12. Fascist self-sufficiency: A historical exploration of the 'autarky' concept, Santiago Gorostiza / 13. Vade retro, Giacomo D'Alisa / 14. Meaningfulness, relationality, happiness and degrowth: A creative inquiry, Filka Sekulova
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This book is a gem. It is a must read for any political economist who wants to understand what degrowth is all about. -- Giorgos Kallis, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Confirming the strengths of the degrowth movement (in face of the illusory aspirations of growth economics), while remaining sensitive to its current limitations, this collection provides a valuable addition to the literature of the most important politico-economic development of our times. The reader will here find fresh optics on the formation and differing geographical settings of a degrowth political economy, and on the conceptual shifts around work, money, welfare and state intervention it will demand and provide for. -- Kate Soper, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, London Metropolitan University This vanguard volume provides motives and tools to re-purpose political economy toward sustainable well-being. Nourishing roots of political economic thought and practice (before it became dominated by growth), creative branches seeking other paths (Karl Marx, Andre Gorz, Marilyn Waring), and comparative cases (Brazil, Russia, Turkey), work together to open horizons for action from differing perspectives and positions in our uneven world. -- Susan Paulson, Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Florida, USA
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About Ekaterina Chertkovskaya

Ekaterina Chertkovskaya is a Researcher in Degrowth and Critical Organisation Studies based at Lund University and a member of the editorial collective of ephemera journal.

Alexander Paulsson is a Senior Lecturer at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

Stefania Barca is an environmental historian and Senior Researcher, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra.
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