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A polycentric approach to the post-growth social order

Many authors, from Serge Latouche (2007) to Elinor Ostrom (2009) and Tim Jackson (2009), have defended a polycentric approach to coping with the environmental crises. In the case of Jackson and Latouche, they defended this polycentric order while envisioning a post-growth society. However, the concrete aspect of a polycentric order within a post-growth era is yet to be developed. This work aims to discern both the specific traits of a polycentric post-growth order and the underlying principles of the potential transitional routes. We depart from Daly’s ecological economics and depict a self-governing society that aims to adjust its existence within the detected ecological boundaries. Our notion of a self-governing society is grounded on Dewey’s conception and follows the polycentric approach developed by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom and the Bloomington School of Political Economy. We describe the main traits of this post-growth polycentric order, anticipate its consistency with current political arrangements and explore its benefits, costs, and challenges.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 12:00
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-1
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Degrowth as a political project?


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