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Abstract

The era of economic growth is increasingly being questioned. Not only do economic systems in the developed world seem to be afflicted by “secular stagnation”, but a departure from growth is also beginning to be presented as a moral imperative to safeguard human and planetary wellbeing in the long run. This has far-reaching implications for wellbeing which is currently coupled with a range of institutions, including the welfare state, organised around the growth paradigm. This book critically discusses the assumption in the postgrowth literature that wellbeing can be maintained or even improved without growth. It highlights ways in which theories of human need, social practices and political economy can contribute to this debate.

Keywords

Postgrowth Wellbeing Social practices Political economy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and EnvironmentUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Lund UniversityLundSweden

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