Abstract: A post-growth society for the 21st century – Does prosperity have to wait for the return of economic growth? To respond to this dissatisfaction with the current political and media discourse on growth, this report attempts to answer – as far as possible – the two following questions: 1. Can we have any certainty about the future of growth? 2. Assuming that the coming decades will be a period of weak growth fluctuating between an annual 1% growth and a stagnant GDP, can we still prosper? To answer these questions, we have studied the economic literature, organised seminars bringing together practitioners, policy makers and experts and carried out a modelling exercise to investigate the links between the energy-climate nexus and the economy.
This media entry was a contribution to the special session “Degrowth versus growth. Do we really have the choice?” at the 4th International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig in 2014.