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Max Koch

Max Koch

Professor

Max Koch

In search of a political economy of the postgrowth era

Author

  • Max Koch
  • Hubert Buch-Hansen

Summary, in English

Against the backdrop of the ecological and climate emergencies and several other deep crises, advocates of degrowth call for democratic transitions towards societies that can thrive beyond economic growth within ecological boundaries while being socially equitable. In recent years, scholarship has emerged that brings together the emerging degrowth paradigm with insights from political economy. Yet much contemporary political economy continues to ignore the environment and, by implication, the ecological downsides of economic growth. The present contribution criticizes this state of affairs and highlights the promises of a synthesis of contemporary critical political economy and the growth-critical tradition in ecological economics. It hints at how concepts of one particular strand of critical political economy, namely regulation theory, may be of use in analyses of (trajectories to) the postgrowth era.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2021-10-14

Language

English

Pages

1219-1229

Publication/Series

Globalizations

Volume

18

Issue

7

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Routledge

Topic

  • Sociology

Keywords

  • Degrowth
  • Postgrowth
  • Political Economy
  • Regulation theory
  • State
  • Institutional forms

Status

Published

Project

  • Postgrowth Welfare Systems
  • Sustainable Welfare for a New Generation of Social Policy

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1474-774X