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The Case for Degrowth

Paperback / softback By Susan Paulson, Giacomo D'Alisa, Federico Demaria, Giorgos Kallis
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The relentless pursuit of economic growth is the defining characteristic of contemporary societies.

 Yet it benefits few and demands monstrous social and ecological sacrifice. Is there a viable alternative? How can we halt the endless quest to grow global production and consumption and instead secure socio-ecological conditions that support lives worth living for all?

 In this compelling book, leading experts Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria make the case for degrowth - living well with less, by living differently, prioritizing wellbeing, equity and sustainability.

  Drawing on emerging initiatives and enduring traditions around the world, they advance a radical degrowth vision and outline policies to shape work and care, income and investment that avoid exploitative and unsustainable practices. Degrowth, they argue, can be achieved through transformative strategies that allow societies to slow down by design, not disaster.

 Essential reading for all concerned citizens, policy-makers, and students, this book will be an important contribution to one of the thorniest and most pressing debates of our era.

Product Details

Format: Paperback / softback, 140 pages Language: English
Dimension: 119 x 23 x 185mm ISBN10: 1509535632
Weight: 159g ISBN13: 9781509535637
Publication Date: 11 Sep 2020 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Giorgos Kallis is ICREA Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Susan Paulson is Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.

Giacomo D’Alisa is a FCT post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra.

Federico Demaria is a lecturer in ecological economics and political ecology at the University of Barcelona.

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“COVID-19 is the symptom; the profit-driven destruction of natural and social habitants is the disease. There's only one cure consistent with global social justice.

  Read this eloquent and urgent book and find out what it is.”Mike Davis, University of California and author of Ecology of Fear and Planet of Slums  “The Case for Degrowth is a brief and straightforward explainer, and a good starting point for anyone who wants to get their head around the degrowth movement and what it wants to acheive.”Jeremy Williams, editor of Time to Act and co-author of The Economics of Arrival  “The Case for Degrowth does what its title promises; it assertively advocates for a society and economy that aim at the wellbeing of all while also sustaining the natural basis of life, refuting the myth of green growth, and providing a clear compass to evaluate the directionality of sustainability transitions.”Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions  “This is a major contribution to the current debate on growth and degrowth. The authors lay bare the innards of each and show us the importance of degrowth. Wellbeing, equity, and sustainability are key vectors organizing this text. These should be understood in the fullness of their capacities to move us out of our current modernity --a decaying order that is today still dominant. But history has shown us across the centuries that no system of power can last for ever, and nor will our current system. Indeed, it is busy destroying itself.”Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Expulsions“Degrowth is one of the most important ideas of the 21st century. Here it is in compact form. Clear, timely, urgent. Don't miss this book.”Jason Hickel, London School of Economics and author of The Divide and Less is More “The COVID pandemic is laying bare dysfunctions of the growth model and the urgency of a pathway to sanity, climate protection, and security for all. This wonderful and accessible introduction by leading degrowth scholars is a vital resource for anyone interested in viable alternatives, rooted in cooperative economic relations and respect for planetary limits.”Juliet Schor, author of After the Gig: how the sharing economy got hijacked and how to win it back “A superb account of why capitalist economies fail life on Earth, even as peoples initiatives in community sharing

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