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

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Sandberg , M , Klockars , K E & Wilén , K 2019 , ' Green growth or degrowth? Assessing the normative justifications for environmental sustainability and economic growth through critical social theory ' , Journal of Cleaner Production , vol. 206 , pp. 133-141 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.175

Title: Green growth or degrowth? : Assessing the normative justifications for environmental sustainability and economic growth through critical social theory
Author: Sandberg, Maria; Klockars, Kristian Erik; Wilén, Kristoffer
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2019-01-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Journal of Cleaner Production
ISSN: 0959-6526
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319536
Abstract: 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. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
611 Philosophy
517 Political science
511 Economics
critical social theory
degrowth
economic growth
environmental sustainability
green growth
normative justification
material footprint
consumption
movement
capitalism
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