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Climate Change, Capitalism and Degrowth Trajectories to a Global Steady-State Economy

Koch, Max LU (2015) In International Critical Thought 5(4). p.439-452
Abstract
Climate change (CC) is one of the major and most encompassing threats in the world today. While the facts and high-consensus predictions among natural scientists are increasingly well-known, the understanding of CC as a socio-ecological issue is much less clear and

uncontroversial. This paper summarizes the available climate science expertise and then discusses the genesis of CC as a socio-ecological issue highlighting its parallel development with capitalism. It moves on to review institutional approaches to study the link between

capitalist diversity and greenhouse gas emissions and outlines future research directions with emphasis on a possible reconciliation of Marxian and “degrowth” thought. Due to the lacking... (More)
Climate change (CC) is one of the major and most encompassing threats in the world today. While the facts and high-consensus predictions among natural scientists are increasingly well-known, the understanding of CC as a socio-ecological issue is much less clear and

uncontroversial. This paper summarizes the available climate science expertise and then discusses the genesis of CC as a socio-ecological issue highlighting its parallel development with capitalism. It moves on to review institutional approaches to study the link between

capitalist diversity and greenhouse gas emissions and outlines future research directions with emphasis on a possible reconciliation of Marxian and “degrowth” thought. Due to the lacking evidence for absolute decoupling of economic growth, material resource use and

carbon emissions it is argued that all societies, whether socialist or capitalist, will need to deprioritize economic growth as policy goal in the course of the twenty-first century. International critical thought should be dedicated towards analyzing the structural challenges and opportunities in building a global steady-state economy as well as associated postgrowth societies. (Less)
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steady-state economy, climate change, capitalism, degrowth, post-growth society
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International Critical Thought
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5
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4
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439 - 452
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Routledge
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2159-8282
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10.1080/21598282.2015.1102078
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English
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uncontroversial. This paper summarizes the available climate science expertise and then discusses the genesis of CC as a socio-ecological issue highlighting its parallel development with capitalism. It moves on to review institutional approaches to study the link between<br/><br>
capitalist diversity and greenhouse gas emissions and outlines future research directions with emphasis on a possible reconciliation of Marxian and “degrowth” thought. Due to the lacking evidence for absolute decoupling of economic growth, material resource use and<br/><br>
carbon emissions it is argued that all societies, whether socialist or capitalist, will need to deprioritize economic growth as policy goal in the course of the twenty-first century. International critical thought should be dedicated towards analyzing the structural challenges and opportunities in building a global steady-state economy as well as associated postgrowth societies.},
  author       = {Koch, Max},
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  keyword      = {steady-state economy,climate change,capitalism,degrowth,post-growth society},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {439--452},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {International Critical Thought},
  title        = {Climate Change, Capitalism and Degrowth Trajectories to a Global Steady-State Economy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21598282.2015.1102078},
  volume       = {5},
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