Policies for a Post-Growth Economy
This Issues Paper provides a summary case for why there are, in fact, limits to growth, and outlines a range of bold policy interventions that would be required to produce a stable and flourishing post-growth economy. The analysis draws on and attempts to develop a rich array of thinking from literatures including ecological economics, eco-socialism, degrowth, and sustainable consumption.
For decades a huge amount has been written in critique of growth economics, but the literature on what a post-growth economy would look like, or how to get there, is far less developed. This is inhibiting the movement for change.
Dr Alexander acknowledges that most people do not recognise the need for a post-growth economy and therefore would reject these policy proposals as unacceptable. But as the limits to growth tighten their grip on economies in coming years and decades, he believes the debate will inevitably evolve, and the question will not be whether a post-growth economy is required, but rather how to create one – by design rather than disaster.
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