Post-growth policy instruments

Ferguson, Peter 2013, Post-growth policy instruments, International journal of green economics, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 405-421, doi: 10.1504/IJGE.2013.058560.

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Title Post-growth policy instruments
Author(s) Ferguson, PeterORCID iD for Ferguson, Peter
Journal name International journal of green economics
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 405
End page 421
Total pages 17
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication Olney, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1744-9928
Keyword(s) limits to growth
post-growth economics
policy instruments
the growth imperative
biophysical throughput
working hours
labour productivity
basic income
environmental taxation
Summary This paper proposes a framework to evaluate post-growth policy instruments which gauges their capacity to lessen the pressure for growth emanating from the labour market and the state’s contradictory legitimisation and accumulation imperatives, whilst increasing societal well-being and reducing the biophysical throughput of the economy. It is argued that the most effective policies to do this are measures to reduce average working hours, expand low productivity sectors and reduce inequality. Specific policies instruments include public sector expansion and the promotion of cooperatives, the introduction of citizens’ basic income schemes, environmental tax reform, the abolition of fossil fuel subsidies, reforms to monetary policy, financial regulatory reform and the introduction of alternative measures of progress to gross domestic product.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/IJGE.2013.058560
Field of Research 160605 Environmental Politics
1499 Other Economics
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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