1 The Territory of De-Growth
A UFO in the Microcosm of Politicking
What is De-Growth?
A Battle over Ideas and Words
The Two Sources of De-Growth
The Green Algae and the Snail
An Unsustainable Ecological Footprint
A False Solution: Reducing the Population
2 A Concrete Utopia
The De-Growth Revolution
The Virtuous Circle of Quiet Contraction
De-Growth as a Local Project
Is Reducing Growth a Retrograde Step?
De-Growth: A Challenge for the South
Is De-Growth Reformist or Revolutionary?
3 A Political Programme
An Electoral Programme
Jobs for All in a De-Growth Society
De-Growth: Behind the Work-Based Society
Is De-Growth Soluble in Capitalism?
Is De-Growth a Right-Wing Policy or a Left-Wing Policy?
Do We Need a De-Growth Party?
Sustainability, Science, Practice, and Policy
"This little book is a pleasure to read. It is critical, contrarian, informative and provocative. Latouche advances a coherent set of proposals for reversing the treadmill of an ever-more insistent growth dynamic in favour of a more serene existence based on quality of life, solidarity and respect for the environment."
Bob Jessop, University of Lancaster
- This book is a timely and provocative critique of our obsession with economic growth and ever-more consumption
- The author proposes a radical alternative - a constructive programme for a society of ‘a-growth' which would be freed from the preoccupation with economic growth
- This book ties in directly to current debates about the financial crisis and how to move beyond it, as well as debates about how to create a more sustainable society which is conpatible with a finite planet
- Serge Latouche is a leading French social thinker, well-known for his work on the economics and politics of development