Degrowth – latest debates

Giorgos Kallis
Monday 26th June, 10.00-11.30, ICTA-UAB

I will introduce the understanding of the economy emerging from scholarship on degrowth, drawing from such diverse fields as economic anthropology, ecological and feminist economics, and Marxian and institutional political economy. The economy, I will argue, is an invention, which is political, material and diverse. The core economic question is not scarcity but the destiny of surplus. Using this basic conceptual toolkit, I will revisit the question of what is growth and how did it come about.

I will introduce the understanding of the economy emerging from scholarship on degrowth, drawing from such diverse fields as economic anthropology, ecological and feminist economics, and Marxian and institutional political economy. The economy, I will argue, is an invention, which is political, material and diverse. The core economic question is not scarcity but the destiny of surplus. Using this basic conceptual toolkit, I will revisit the question of what is growth and how did it come about.

Readings: Kallis, Giorgos. 2016. Economics Without Growth. In: Another Economy is Possible: Culture and Economy in a Time of Crisis. Castells, Manuel ed., pp. 34-54. Cambridge: Polity Press.