The economic program of de-growth and a possible connection with capability approach

Dombi, Judit: The economic program of de-growth and a possible connection with capability approach. In: Regional Growth, Competitiveness and Development. pp. 61-74. (2013)

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Abstract

The program of de-growth which mainly belongs to Serge Latouche strengthened in the recent years as an alternative answer to our global economic, social and environmental problems. The agents of the theory highlight that everybody on Earth, especially the North – USA, Europe, etc. – should reconsider their values to be followed and review all the problems caused by continuous growth. Lists of social and environmental reasons – like growing poverty and the nature’s finite carrying capacity – show that this growing pace cannot be sustained. This alternative suggests that the ‘developed world’ should decrease its ecological footprint and focus on real well-being and justice. We work and consume too much and it seems that our happiness does not mainly depend on these factors. We should look back1 ; learn from former societies to be able to honour nature and each other too. Certainly it would not mean the level of ascetics but society itself should determine what should be called enough. At this point the role of local level is getting valorized. Amartya Sen’s capability approach shows similarities with the program of de-growth. They both concentrate on serious moral questions and attempt to redefine well-being. Hence it is worth to compare the two theories, and show some points where they might learn from each other.

Item Type: Book Section
Journal or Publication Title: Regional Growth, Competitiveness and Development
Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-963-306-222-7
Page Range: pp. 61-74
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jólét, Környezetvédelem, Gazdaságpolitika
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 73-74. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 23. 08:55
Last Modified: 2019. May. 23. 08:55
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/57926

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