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Planning beyond growth: The case for economic democracy within ecological limits

Published inJournal of cleaner production, vol. 437, p. 9
Publication date2024-01

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. This perspective promotes a planned reduction of energy and resource use in the Global North to

limit environmental pressures and global inequalities and improving well-being. 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 beyond growth”

could look like. This gap urgently needs to be addressed. By exploring the degrowth-planning nexus, this paper

seeks to lay a foundation for this effort. First, it identifies in the degrowth/postgrowth literature the obstacles and

the opportunities for further engagement with planning. Second, it advances an agenda-setting framework,

delineating problems relative to democratic ecological planning beyond growth along three axis: elaboration,

implementation and multilevel dynamics.

  • Sustainability
  • Post-growth
  • Degrowth
  • Democratic planning
  • Economic democracy
  • Social-ecological transformation
Citation (ISO format)
DURAND, Cédric, HOFFERBERTH, Elena, SCHMELZER, Matthias. Planning beyond growth: The case for economic democracy within ecological limits. In: Journal of cleaner production, 2024, vol. 437, p. 9. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.140351
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