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Degrowth: How Much is Needed?

Ted Trainer ()
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Ted Trainer: University of New South Wales

Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality, 2021, vol. 6, issue 2, 1-8

Abstract: Abstract The considerable literature on Degrowth has focussed mainly on the case for it and on elements of a desirable new economy. Little attention has been given to the magnitude of the required Degrowth, and the common implicit assumption is that it would not be very great, enabling a desirable economy to be achieved by reforms within the existing economy. The following discussion argues that this is mistaken and that the reductions must be so large that they cannot be implemented within the existing structures and must involve extremely radical system change. Implications for the form that a sustainable and just society must take and for the way it might be achieved it are explored.

Keywords: Degrowth; System change; Radical alternatives; Simpler way; Sustainability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s41247-021-00087-6

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