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Scientific paper • 2020

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Mapping Different Worlds of Eco-Welfare States

By: Katharina Zimmermann, Paolo Graziano

Attention towards topics such as environmental pollution, climate change, or biodiversity has strongly increased in the last years. The struggles to balance market powers and ecological sustainability somehow evoke memories of the early days of European welfare states, when social protection emerged as a means to prevent industrial capitalism from disruptive social tensions due to excessive soc...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Looking for the inverted pyramid: an application using input-output networks

By: Antoine Godin, Elena Dawkins, Emanuele Campiglio, Eric Kemp-Benedict, Louison Cahen-Fourot

Herman Daly's view of the economy as an “inverted pyramid” sitting on top of essential raw material inputs is compelling, but not readily visible in monetary data, as the contribution of primary sectors to value added is typically low. This article argues that “forward linkages”, a classical development theory concept capturing the relevance of a sector for downstream activities, is an informat...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Eco-social divides in Europe: public attitudes towards welfare and climate change policies

By: Adeline Otto, Dimitri Gugushvili

In the face of accelerating global warming and attendant natural disasters, it is clear that governments all over the world eventually have to take measures to mitigate the most adverse consequences of climate change. However, the costs of these measures are likely to force governments to reconsider some of their tax and spending priorities, of which social spending is the largest expenditure i...

Scientific paper • 2019

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Frugality as a choice vs. frugality as a social condition. Is de-growth doomed to be a Eurocentric project?

By: Roldan Muradian

I argue that the degrowth movement reflects the values of a particular social group, namely the well-educated European middle class that share progressive-green-cosmopolitan values. This feature creates significant barriers for its dissemination among lower-income social groups in other parts of the world. There is an important difference between frugality as a choice and frugality as a social ...

Scientific paper • 2019

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Public Support for Sustainable Welfare Compared: Links between Attitudes towards Climate and Welfare Policies

By: Martin Fritz, Max Koch

Abstract: The emerging concept of sustainable welfare attempts to integrate environmental sustainability and social welfare research. Oriented at a mid-term re-embedding of Western production and consumption norms into planetary limits, it suggests the development of “eco-social” policies in the rich countries. In this theoretical context, this article empirically investigates the relationship...

Report • 2019

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The Green New Deal for Europe: a blueprint for Europe's just transition

By: Bill McKibben, Charlotte Hanson, Christoph Schneider, David Powell, Dirk Ehnts, Emanuele Leonardi, Friedrich Bohn, Giacomo D'Alisa, Giorgos Kallis, Giovanna Sissa, Grace Blakeley, Isaac Stanley, Jakob Schäfer, Jason Hickel, Jérémy Rodrigues, Julia Fish, Julian Brave NoiseCat, Laura C. Zanetti-Domingues, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Mat Lawrence, Nick Dearden, Nick Jacobs, Nicoletta Dentico, Riccardo Mastini, Ruth London, Sam Bright, Sean Sweeney, Skender Fani, Stefania Barca, Teresa Anderson, Tessa Khan, Will Stronge

Europe today confronts two crises. The first is an economic crisis, with rising levels of poverty, insecurity, and homelessness across the continent. The second is a climate and environmental crisis, with severe consequences for Europe’s front-line communities and even more perilous ones on the horizon. Both crises are the products of Europe’s political decisions, and they are closely bound t...

Scientific paper • 2019

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Complementarity between the EJ movement and degrowth on the European semiperiphery: An empirical study

By: Branko Ančić, Mladen Domazet

Abstract: Inspired by the thesis that an alliance between degrowth and environmental justice (EJ) movements is essential (Akbulut et al., this issue), this paper presents the findings of empirical research concerning the pitfalls and possibilities of such an alliance as understood by prominent Croatian EJ movement leaders. We outline the context of the Croatian EJ movement through two specific...

Report • 2018

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Sufficiency: Moving beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency

By: Friends of the Earth Europe, Riccardo Mastini

“Sufficiency: moving beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency” suggests introducing hard limitations to unsustainable trends—in particular to overconsumption—and putting emphasis on distributional justice. Seven chapters written by sustainability and economics experts plus a foreword by Janez Potočnik (Co-chair of the International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for the Environment)...

• 2017

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Wir Schlafwandler: G-20 Fieberträume, Klimaretter-Halluzinationen und der allzu reale Crashkurs

By: David Goeßmann

Einleitung Ein finsterer Wolfskopf fletscht die Zähne. Im Maul hält er knurrend die Weltkugel wie einen Spielball. Eine weiße Hand im Stile Michelangelos streckt sich nach der bedrohten Erde aus. Daneben stehen die mahnenden Worte: „Globalisierung außer Kontrolle. TRAUT EUCH! Radikal denken, entschlossen handeln – nur so ist die Welt noch zu retten.“ Das ist kein Plakat „linker Randalierer“, d...

Scientific paper • 2017

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Quiet degrowth – diachronic and synchronic perspectives on the European semiperiphery

By: Branko Ancic, Logan Richardson, Mladen Domazet

Description by the authors: We are focused on the European semiperiphery as the standardly presented environmentalist laggard within European environmentalism (cf. Bozonnet, 2017). Unlike societies classified as globally “peripheral”, this region is characterised by already high material standards of living. At the same time, here concern for the environment appears even lower than what is the ...

Scientific paper • 2017

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Degrowth-compatible environmentalism in Europe – a cross-national empirical analysis

By: Branko Ančić, Logan Richardson, Mladen Domazet

Keywords: Degrowth, environmentalism, attitudes survey, comparative, Europe

Presentation • 2016

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Degrowth Conference Budapest, 2016 - An understanding of materialistic values in post-socialist Europe. Exploring demographic determinants and implications for working patterns

By: Saamah Abdallah

Presentation by Saamah Abdallah Degrowth is a post-materialist movement, which places value on the biosphere, human wellbeing, and justice, above and beyond the possession of material goods (Degrowth Declaration, 2008). And yet surveys suggest that levels of materialism are higher in post-socialist countries than in Western European countries (Kyvelidis, 2001). In the sixth round of the Euro...

Scientific paper • 2016

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An understanding of materialistic values in post-socialist Europe

By: Saamah Abdallah

Degrowth is a post-materialist movement, which places value on the biosphere, human wellbeing, and justice, above and beyond the possession of material goods (Degrowth Declaration, 2008). And yet surveys suggest that levels of materialism are higher in post-socialist countries than in Western European countries (Kyvelidis, 2001). In the sixth round of the European Social Survey (2012), nine of ...

Scientific paper • 2016

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Can degrowth and maintaining energy supply security go hand-in-hand in Europe?

By: John Szabo

Insuring European energy security in a degrowth environment, is essential in maintaining current levels of well-being. To transition toward a sustainable economy, the current, heavy reliance upon hydrocarbon imports needs to be tuned down and substituted with domestic energy production from renewable resources—primarily solar and wind—, leading to a substantial decrease in emissions emitted, wh...

Scientific paper • 2016

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Energy poverty in a degrowth context: an unavoidable struggle?

By: Daniel Gerbery, Lidija Živčič, Lidija Živčič, Richard Filcak, Sergio Tirado Herrero

Austerity-driven, unsustainable degrowth has resulted in a surge of energy poverty in EU and beyond. Understood as the inability of households to secure a materially- and socially-necessitated level of energy services in the home, energy poverty has become a widespread societal concern that demands structural responses. Tensions are foreseen between energy poverty alleviation and degrowth. On ...

Scientific paper • 2016

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linking Europe on two wheels

By: carmine arvonio

Linking Europe on two wheels “The bicycle is a chance for a way of life in which respect for others and joy of living are priorities. This offers us a great hope: Cycling as a new Humanism!” This quote from M. Augé synthesizes our approach. We started CicloPoetica in Firenze, Italy, connecting different fields: pedagogy, sport, ecology, sustainability. Our focus is Bike culture, which fo...

Scientific paper • 2016

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Why won't they see the need for a change?

By: Mladen Domazet

Social attitudes and behaviours research on nationally representative samples often presents the European semiperiphery (and especially Eastern Europe) as an obstinate laggard stuck in the selfish unrealised growth hopes and unsacrifical individualistic distrust with respect to ecological transformation (cf. EVS and ISSP surveys), even when comparative understanding of the current and historica...

Presentation • 2016

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TUE_18h // Opening panel of the conference: Degrowth in semi-periphery context

By: Alexandra Köves, Danijela Dolenec, Giorgos Kallis, Zoltan Pogatsa

Panel discussion at the the 6th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Budapest in 2016. Speakers: Alexandra Köves, Zoltan Pogatsa, Danijela Dolenec, Giorgos Kallis Degrowth 2016 - English youtube channel

Scientific paper • 2016

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Surrendering to growth? The European Union's goals for research and technology in the Horizon 2020 framework

By: Andrea Lenschow, Jan Pollex

Keywords: European Union; Research policy; Sustainability; Degrowth and policy; Information and communication technology; Horizon 2020