The Growth Hegemony



The growth preference and the growth imperative provide only a partial explanation for the commitment of governments to economic growth. This is because by adopting modes of analysis based primarily upon agency or structure, neither approach is able to capture the inevitable interplay between these respective explanatory logics. Overcoming this problem requires a critical constructivist approach that works at an ideational level of analysis. Rather than focussing on some abstract and deterministic logic of social interaction, constructivism is concerned with how ideas, ideology and discourse shape agency, structure, interests and ultimately political practices, thus providing a more holistic account of world affairs (Adler and Pouliot in Int Theory 3(1):1–36, 2011; Buttel Organ Environ 11(3):261-286, 1998).


Constructive Critical Comments ideologyIdeology Neoclassical economicsNeoclassical Economics neoliberalNeoliberal OECDOrganisation For Economic Cooperation And Development (OECD) 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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