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Ferguson, Peter Post-growth Politics
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Peter Ferguson

Post-growth Politics

A Critical Theoretical and Policy Framework for Decarbonisation

€ 151.75


This book uses a critical political economy approach to develop an historically and politically grounded set of strategies for states to move toward a post-growth, decarbonised global economy. It begins by examining the social and ecological costs of and limits to economic growth and determines that significant decarbonisation of the global economy can only be achieved if conventional growth-based economies are replaced by an alternative post-growth economy. In a post-growth economy, sustainable biophysical thresholds would not be breached, the social and ecological costs of economic activity would not exceed its benefits, and the commitment of governments to economic growth will be replaced by objectives such as societal well-being and environmental protection. Developing a better understanding of why governments are so committed to economic growth and whether this commitment can ever be overcome is, therefore an urgent task.
This book seeks to answer these questions firstly by examining the historical evolution of the idea of economic growth, which is found to be a relatively recent phenomenon and thus unlikely to be an enduring feature of the global economy. Second, the book critically examines the fundamental intellectual underpinnings of liberal democracy, such as philosophical liberalism, the nation state, the welfare state and the liberal international system, and determines whether these ideas could ever accommodate a low or no growth economy. It is argued that in the face of catastrophic environmental problems such as climate change, coupled with serious social problems such as deepening inequality, these fundamental tenets of liberal democracy can be reimagined in a number of creative ways. For instance, ideas of liberty, justice and human autonomy at the heart of liberalism, which in modern societies have been partly served by conventional economic growth, can be reframed to be better served by ideas such as economic and environmental security. Similarly, welfare states that have traditionally been premised on continual economic expansion can be recast around notions of equality and security. Third, a range of feasible policy instruments are developed and evaluated to allow the transition to a post-growth economy. These include new income and environmental taxation arrangements, basic income schemes, the establishment of cooperatives in key sectors, and new forms of international cooperation on financial regulation and cooperative security.
Set apart from many other works in the field by its critical political economy approach to policy development, this book offers the reader three distinctive features. First, it places the analysis in historical context in order to demonstrate how the global political economy is constantly changing with respect to distributions of wealth, power and fundamental norms, and explores how states might harness and transform these contingent patterns in a post-growth direction. Second, the book is not only concerned with developing and advocating post-growth policies, but also with how these measures can be incorporated into the high-level domestic and international strategies pursued by states to ensure their political legitimacy and economic and geopolitical survival. Third, rather than proposing an idealised and politically naïve model of socioecological transformation, the proposed post-growth policy framework is highly cognisant of the geopolitical and international economic pressures facing states and demonstrates how these can be managed in the transition toward a post-growth economy. This book represents an invaluable resource for policymakers, academics, activists and students wishing to study or contribute to the transition to a post-growth, decarbonised economy.





Taal / Language : English

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Hardback
250 pagina's
Januari 2018
473 gram
241 x 156 x 20 mm
Springer-Verlag GmbH de


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