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Post Growth Reviews

Post Growth by Tim Jackson

Post Growth: Life after Capitalism

Tim Jackson

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Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 26 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781509542512

'Empowering and elegiac' Yanis Varoufakis, author of Another Now 'Utterly inspiring' Caroline Lucas, MP, Green Party

3 stars out of 5
5 May 2021

"The ecological economist adds to his message that relentless economic expansion is killing the planet with a set of more philosophical reflections."

One suspects that this impenetrable final sentence may be something of an avoidance strategy in itself – designed to divert from Jackson’s refusal to engage with degrowth critics. Granted, Prosperity Without Growth does not present itself as a set of policy proposals. Its aim is to imagine a culture reconciled to limits and mortality; and, on those terms, it succeeds. But at a time of crisis, ecological thought cannot afford to be so conjectural. The urgent questions are: which vested interests are obstructing the switch to renewables, and how do we defeat them? How can we guarantee a “just transition”, in which the poorest do not shoulder the burden of greening our economy? What kind of international settlement would be needed to give this project global reach? How do we ensure that the campaign for environmental justice is imbricated with other social movements centred on race, class and gender? These daunting questions have been confronted head-on by green new dealers. Unless “post-growthers” like Jackson catch up, their credo will never be more than a slogan