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Week 11 – Degrowth II

week 11 ‘handout’ – Degrowth II [pdf]

Main reading

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

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

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]

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

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?

Harvey, F (2020), Britons want quality of life indicators to take priority over economy, The Guardian, May 10th

Stratford, B (2020), Green growth vs degrowth: are we missing the point?, OpenDemocracy, Dec 4th

Other material

Hickel, J (2020), The Myth of America’s Green Growth, Foreign Policy, June 18th

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: Earthscan

Real World Economics Review (2019), Issue no. 87: Economics and the Ecosystem, 19 March