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Max Koch

Max Koch

Professor

Max Koch

Welfare after Growth: Theoretical Discussion and Policy Implications

Author

  • Max Koch

Summary, in English

The article discusses approaches to welfare under no-growth conditions and against the background of the growing significance of climate change as a socio-ecological issue. While most governments and scholars favor “green deal” solutions for tackling the climate crisis, a growing number of discussants are casting doubt on economic growth as the answer to it and have provided empirical evidence that the prospects for globally decoupling economic growth and carbon emissions are very low indeed. These doubts are supported by recent

contributions on happiness, well-being and alternative measures of measuring prosperity, which indicate that individual and social welfare is by no means equivalent to GDP growth.If the requirements of prosperity and welfare go well beyond material sustenance, then

approaches that aim to conceptualize welfare under the circumstances of a “stable state economy” become more relevant. A qualitatively different environmental and welfare policy governance network would need to integrate the redistribution of carbon emissions, work,

time, income and wealth. Since social policies will be necessary to address the emerging inequalities and conflicts, this article considers the roles that the various “no-growth”

approaches dedicate to social policy and welfare instruments.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Pages

4-20

Publication/Series

International Journal of Social Quality

Volume

3

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Berghahn Journals

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • climate change
  • no-growth
  • political ecology
  • social policy
  • welfare

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1757-0352