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Planning beyond growth. The case for economic democracy within limits

Number of pages30
  • Political Economy Working Papers; 2023/1
First online date2023-01-25

Degrowth and post-growth economics has emerged as a particularly fruitful approach in the debates about the reorientation of economies in the Global North towards environmental sustainability, equality, need satisfaction and democracy (Kallis et al. 2018; Parrique 2019; Weiss and Cattaneo 2017; Schmelzer, Vetter, and Vansintjan 2022). This perspective promotes ‘a planned reduction of energy and resource use designed to bring the economy back into balance with the living world in a way that reduces inequality and improves human well-being’ (Hickel 2021, 1, emphasis added). Yet, the specifics of this ‘design’ are not precisely delineated.

On the one hand, there is a wide acceptance, at the abstract, most general, even definitional level, that degrowth involves planning or amounts to a planned transition. On the other hand, there is strikingly little explicit engagement with, debate on, and research into what exactly ‘planning for degrowth’ could look. This gap urgently needs to be addressed.

By exploring the degrowth-planning nexus, this paper seeks to lay a foundation for this effort. It starts by critically reviewing the existing degrowth and post-growth literature on planning and scrutinise the reasons why planning has so far largely been neglected in this research. Then, it delineates the specific questions, requirements and challenges that arise for planning in the context of degrowth. Finally, it opens some avenues for advancing the intersection between degrowth/post-growth and planning by sketching a possible design for planning processes beyond growth.

  • Degrowth
  • Post-growth
  • Planning
  • Economic democracy
  • Institutional design.
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DURAND, Cédric, HOFFERBERTH, Elena, SCHMELZER, Matthias. Planning beyond growth. The case for economic democracy within limits. 2023
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