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w25: Ecological economics III

week 25: Ecological economics III – Degrowth [pdf]

Main reading

Carrington, D (2020), World’s consumption of materials hits record 100bn tonnes a year, The Guardian, Jan 22nd

Corlet Walker, C and Jackson, T (2019), Measuring Prosperity — Navigating the Options, CUSP Working Paper Series | No 20

Cosme, I et al (2017), Assessing the degrowth discourse: A review and analysis of academic degrowth policy proposals, Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 149, 15 April, Pages 321-334

Haberl, H et al (2020), A systematic review of the evidence on decoupling of GDP, resource use and GHG emissions, part II: synthesizing the insights, Environmental Research Letters, Volume 15, Number 6

Jackson, T (2020), Wellbeing Matters—Tackling growth dependency, An Economy That Works, Briefing Paper No 3, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Kallis, G et al (2012), The economics of degrowth, Ecological Economics, v84 December pp172-180

Keen, S (2020), The macroeconomics of degrowth: can planned economic contraction be stable?, Prof Steve Keen Patreon, May 30t

Mastini, R (2017), Degrowth: the case for a new economic paradigm,, June 8th

O’Neill, D (2012), Measuring progress in the degrowth transition to a steady state economy, Ecological Economics, i84 pp221-231 [see his 2014 TEDx talk]

Parrique, T et al (2019), Decoupling debunked – Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability, EEB, July

Raworth, K (2015), Why Degrowth has out-grown its own name, Oxfam Fp2p blog, Dec 1st

Simms, A, Johnson, V and Chowla, P (2010), Growth isn’t possible: Why we need a new economic direction, New Economics Foundation (NEF), Jan.

Spash, C and Smith, T (2019), Of ecosystems and economies: reconnecting economics with reality, RWER, i87 pp212-226

Trainer, T (2011), The radical implications of a zero growth economyReal World Economics Review, i57 pp71-82

Weiss, M and Cattaneo, C (2017), Degrowth – Taking Stock and Reviewing an Emerging Academic Paradigm, Ecological Economics, i137 pp220-230


NZ Living Standards Framework

Human Development Index

Happy Planet Index


Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)

Research and Degrowth – R&D’s definition of degrowth – with a very neat summary video
See Miklós Antal’s TEDxDanubia 2014 talk: Plan B — is there an alternative to economic growth?

Foster, JB (2011), Capitalism and degrowth: an impossibility theorem, Monthly Review, v62 i8 January

Jackson, T (2009a), Prosperity without Growth? – The transition to a sustainable economy, Sustainable Development Commission [see 2010 TED talk]

Jackson, T (2009b, repr. 2011), Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet, Abingdon: Earthsca

Martinez-Alier, J et al (2010), Sustainable degrowth: Mapping the context, criticsism and future prospects of an emergent paradigm, Ecological Economics, v69 i9 pp1741-1747

O’Neill, DW, Dietz, R and Jones, N (editors)(2010), Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, The Report of the Steady State Economy Conference, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (Arlington, Virginia, USA) and Economic Justice for All (Leeds, UK)

Sekulova, F et al (2012), Degrowth: from theory to practice, Journal of Cleaner Production, v38 pp1-6

Wikipedia (2020), Doubling time, June 7th