Marginal economy. Growth strategies for post-growth societies

Last updated, 25 Aug 2016
TitleMarginal economy. Growth strategies for post-growth societies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationIn Press
AuthorsRoth, S
JournalJournal of Economic Issues
Date Published08/2016
Keywordsdegrowth, differentiation theory, Luhmann, systems theory, tetralemma
Abstract

A sharp problem focus sharpens the problem. Sustainably ongrowing bodies of text on degrowth are not the key to post-growth scenarios because evocations of the limits of growth reinforce rather than transcend the economic principle, which is in the observation of scarcity. We therefore focus on alternative forms of growth rather than alternatives to growth. Our form-theoretical analysis of growth dismoralizes growth and disembeds it from the economic medium in which it is preferably drawn. We finally suggest that the key to a post-growth society is in a regrowth of interest in growth in so- far neglected non-economic function systems.