[Marxism] (99+) (PDF) History of the Future of Economic Growth: Historical Roots of Current Debates on Sustainable Degrowth | Iris Borowy and Matthias Schmelzer - Academia.edu

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 21 14:25:46 MST 2020

The future of economic growth is one of the decisive questions of the 
twenty-first century. Alarmed by declining growth rates in 
industrialized countries, climate change, and rising socioeconomic 
inequalities, among other challenges, more and more people demand to 
look for alternatives beyond growth. However, so far these current 
debates about sustainability, post-growth or degrowth lack a thorough 
historical perspective. This edited volume brings together original 
contributions on different aspects of the history of economic growth as 
a central and near-ubiquitous tenet of developmental strategies. The 
book addresses the origins and evolution of the growth paradigm from the 
seventeenth century up to the present day and also looks at sustainable 
development, sustainable growth, and degrowth as examples of alternative 
developmental models. By focusing on the mixed legacy of growth, both as 
a major source of expanded life expectancies and increased comfort, and 
as a destructive force harming personal livelihoods and threatening 
entire societies in the future, the editors seek to provide historical 
depth to the ongoing discussion on suitable principles of present and 
future global development.


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