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      Degrowth – Taking Stock and Reviewing an Emerging Academic Paradigm

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          Degrowth has evolved within a decade from an activist movement into a multi-disciplinary academic paradigm. However, an overview taking stock of the peer-refereed degrowth literature is yet missing. Here, we review 91 articles that were published between 2006 and 2015. We find that the academic degrowth discourse occupies a small but expanding niche at the intersection of social and applied environmental sciences. The discourse is shaped by authors from high-income, mainly Mediterranean, countries. Until 2012, articles largely constitute conceptual essays endorsed by normative claims. More recently, degrowth has branched out into modelling, empirical assessments, and the study of concrete implementations. Authors tend to agree in that economic growth cannot be sustained ad infinitum on a resource constraint planet and that degrowth requires far reaching societal change. Whether degrowth should be considered as a collectively consented choice or an environmentally-imposed inevitability constitutes a major debate among degrowth thinkers. We argue that the academic discourse could benefit from rigid hypotheses testing through input-output modelling, material flow analysis, life-cycle assessments, or social surveys. By analyzing the potentials for non-market value creation and identifying concrete well-being benefits, the degrowth discourse could receive wider public support and contribute to a paradigmatic change in the social sciences.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                Ecol Econ
                Ecol Econ
                Ecological Economics
                Elsevier
                0921-8009
                1873-6106
                1 July 2017
                July 2017
                : 137
                : 220-230
                Affiliations
                [a ]European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Directorate C – Energy, Transport and Climate, Sustainable Transport Unit, via Fermi 2749, TP 441, 21027 Ispra, Italy
                [b ]Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponding author. weissmn@ 123456openmailbox.org
                Article
                S0921-8009(16)30590-0
                10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.01.014
                5421156
                28674463
                cb628268-f46c-4bea-941b-a6ec1bf87b6a
                © 2017 The Authors

                This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

                History
                : 14 May 2016
                : 20 November 2016
                : 23 January 2017
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                Economics
                degrowth,economic growth,sustainable development,steady-state economy
                Economics
                degrowth, economic growth, sustainable development, steady-state economy

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