Green growth or degrowth? Assessing the normative justifications for environmental sustainability and economic growth through critical social theory

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Scientists agree that changes in the organization of human society and economy are needed to stop the degradation of the natural environment. The most commonly proposed solution, green growth, has been increasingly criticized, but the offered alternative of degrowth has remained a marginal undertaking in academia and in practice. This article further develops the argument for degrowth. The article conducts a comparative analysis of the normative foundations of green growth and degrowth using frameworks from critical social theory. The analysis shows that green growth and degrowth work toward different normative ideals that are justified in different ways. The analysis shows that degrowth has a stronger normative justification than green growth and therefore, should be preferred. The article contributes to the debate about green growth and degrowth by establishing normative grounds for focusing efforts for environmental sustainability on degrowth rather than green growth.
OriginalspråkEngelska
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftJournal of Cleaner Production
Volym206
UtgåvaJanuary 2019
Sidor (från-till)133-141
Antal sidor9
ISSN0959-6526
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 21.09.2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

Nyckelord

  • 512 Företagsekonomi
  • Business, Markets and Societal Dynamics

Globala mål för hållbar utveckling (SDG)

  • Mål 08: Anständiga arbetsvillkor och ekonomisk tillväxt
  • Mål 13: Bekämpa klimatförändringen
  • Mål 14: Hav och marina resurser
  • Mål 15: Ekosystem och biologisk mångfald

Styrkeområden och områden med hög potential (AoS och AoHP)

  • AoS: Ansvarsfull organisering

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