From Market Society to Growth Society
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A key premise of critical theory is that if existing social arrangements are to be transformed, these must first be put into historical context. This is to establish the extent to which the current order is historically contingent and thus potentially open to transformation. Taking the historical evolution of the concept of economic growth as its object of analysis, this chapter develops a narrative intellectual history of the concept of economic growth and provides an account of how and why governments have become committed to growth. It reveals that this is a relatively new feature of the global political economy, making it more liable to transformation than is commonly assumed.