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Max Koch

Max Koch

Professor

Max Koch

Social Policy Without Growth: Moving Towards Sustainable Welfare States

Author

  • Max Koch

Summary, in English

Growth-dependent welfare states contribute to climate emergency. The ecological economics, degrowth, and sustainable welfare literatures demonstrate that to re-embed Western production and consumption patterns in environmental limits, an encompassing social-ecological transformation would need to be initiated very soon. This article focuses on the potential roles of the welfare state and social policy in this transformation, applying the concepts of ‘sustainable welfare’ and ‘safe-operating space’. Based on two Swedish studies, it also provides an empirical analysis of the popularity of selected eco-social policies designed to steer the economy and society towards this space: maximum and basic incomes, taxes on wealth and meat, as well as working time reductions. In analogy to the historical role of the state in reconstituting the welfare-work nexus in the post-WWII era and its present engagement in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, it is argued that a more interventionist state is required to grapple with climate emergency.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2022-06-17

Language

English

Pages

447-447

Publication/Series

Social Policy and Society

Volume

21

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • Climate emergency
  • social policy
  • sustainable welfare
  • degrowth
  • eco-social policies

Status

Published

Project

  • Postgrowth Welfare Systems
  • Sustainable Welfare for a New Generation of Social Policy
  • The New Urban Challenge? Models of Sustainable Welfare in Swedish Metropolitan Cities

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1475-3073