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In their paper Jakob and Edenhofer (2014) argue that reflecting on conßicts between “degrowth” and “green growth” concepts is a useless thing. Instead of discussing the growth issue it would make much more sense to focus on what they call a “welfare diagnostics” approach that deßnes minimum requirements for basic needs. No doubt, this approach has its merits. It is more or less similar to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But since the authors leave out real-world conßicts and interests as well as the economic drivers of growth, capital accumulation and consumerism, their approach appears quite apolitical. To keep quiet about growth imperatives and their compulsive dimensions is not an adequate answer to the challenges of sustainability.

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Keywords: causes of growth; cultural and historical dimensions of “growth critique"; global inequality; overconsumption; sustainable economy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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